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Australian Poetry Slam

NSW & National Finals


Australian Poetry Slam – NSW Final

In the biggest NSW final ever, a whopping 20 of the best and most fresh spoken-wordsmiths from across NSW rock the mic solo and acapella with poetry, stories, lyrics and monologues. They hail from Byron Bay, Wagga Wagga, Wollongong, Wyong and everywhere in between! The audience will choose two artists to leap into the Australian Poetry Slam National Final at Sydney Opera House on Sunday Oct 12 at 7pm.

This event has sold out for the past 3 years. 

Hosted by the founder of Caravan Slam Jade Oldfield.

Please note: The event is general admission and seats are first in, best dressed. Arrive early to snap up spot! This event sells out quick.

 $30 General Admission


Australian Poetry Slam – National Final

Word Travels Story Festival is the new home of the Australian Poetry Slam (APS).

Catch the raw and witty, vulnerable and downright gritty voices of the world’s best poets, live.

Slam takes writing out of the academic cloister and gives it back to the people. Poetry slams were started by Marc Smith in a Chicago bar called The Green Mill in 1986. Slam blew up on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, was channelled through hip hop icons like Talib Kweli and is now the largest poetry movement in history.

Chicago-born spoken-word artist, Miles Merrill kicked off the movement here in 2004 with Australia’s first inter-city slam – the Leichhardt Poetry Slam. Merrill pushed it to national in 2007. Now celebrating its 9th season, APS gives voice to over 1000 new Australian writers annually.

The 2014 National Final of the APS sees two poets from each state and territory of Australia converge in Sydney to share their words in the nation’s most important slam. The audience chooses one writer to perform at the China Bookworm literary, Ubud International Writers’ and Readers’ and Byron Bay Writers Festivals in 2014 – a tour worth over $12 000.

Who will be Australia’s next Slam champion?

$44/36 General Admission

Supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council its arts and funding body.

Earlier Event: August 24
Anis Mojgani (USA) in Sydney
Later Event: October 12
Word Travels Festival 2014