“The ANU Voice Slam had a very welcoming atmosphere and it was great to share my writing with a faraway audience.” Aimee Harris, Dungog
All over Australia, a new generation of poets is emerging. ANU Voice Slam is a momentous evening of teenagers picking up the pen and taking hold of the microphone with passion, intelligence, creativity, honesty and power. More than 120 students from schools across the ACT have been involved in ANU Voice Slam workshops which encourage teens to express themselves in dynamic ways with their own words.
ANU Voice Slam gives students an opportunity to explore a new art form, to be creative and to voice their ideas in a welcoming non-judgemental environment. Fundamental to the idea of poetry slams is recognition that everyone has different things to say, and different ways of saying them. Poetry Slam is about encouraging that diversity, and celebrating our differences through a common medium.
This showcase invited students to bring their best, share their voices and unite. Special guest Miles Merrill hosted the festivities and Word Travels students who participated in the Rumble 2014 were also special feature guests. Young poets Jamal Khalik, Mohammed Ajaj, Jay May & Aimee Harris from Western Sydney and regional NSW wowed local audiences.
Special thanks to the Australian National University for inviting us to be a part of this event.