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Word Travels Fast

Tegan Nicholls joins Word Travels on a quest across NSW, meeting young slam poets at the crossroads of race, access and recognition. From small country towns to beachside writer’s festivals, Tegan and the Word Travels crew road trip across the state recording stories, rehearsals and conversations all leading up to one big moment: the National Slam Finals at the Sydney Opera House.

But this series isn’t about winners and losers, it’s about what it’s like to be a dream-big poet in small-town Australia.

Word Travels Fast is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.


Episode 1 - ‘All performance poetry is doggerel’

In a guesthouse in Byron Bay, the crew overhear an interstate festival director declaring Slam poets aren’t real writers… and that their work is “shit”. It’s the first day of the Slam heats and questions around the legitimacy of their art hang heavy over the poets’ heads.

Credits:
Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls
Music: ABC – Jackson 5, Criminal – Fiona Apple, If only out of vanity – Staceyann Chin


Episode 2 - 'Kempsey is kind of like a zombie apocalypse, but it's one you can overcome'

The crew heads to regional Australia and encounter some of the restrictions that slam poetry faces in country towns. Controversy arises when a Byron competitor enters the Kempsey heat for another chance at the title and a seventh day adventist school imposes limits to what can be discussed during their workshop.

Credits:
Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls
Music: On the road again - Willie Nelson, Liam Moylan, Tegan Nicholls


Episode 3 - Gosford Speaks Up

In Gosford, the crew holds a poetry slam at a hip, little cafe called The Loungeroom. During the heat a range of topics are raised by the performers, from racism to mental health to KFC.

Credits:
Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls
Music: For Emma - Bon Iver


Episode 4 - Nowra's Poetry Rhapsody

With performances of bohemian rhapsody and viral video star librarians, the Nowra library is not your usual library. This uniqueness is reflected in the artists at the Nowra heat. With the youngest aged 13 and the oldest 70 years their senior, Nowra showcases that passion for spoken word has no age. 

Credits:
Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls


Episode 5 - Albury Writes Around

The crew are in Albury this week and taking part in the creative hub that is the Write Around the Murray Festival. Here, they meet an author who has hand-sewn his own book, a band from over the border and a poet who is still completing year 11.

Credits:
Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls
Artists: Mayfair Lane

Word Travels Fast is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.