Victorian Poetry Slam Heats

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Time Out says

State Library Victoria is putting the calls out to all poets, rappers or spoken word artists to battle it out for the title of Victorian Slam Poet

The search for Australia’s 2019 Poetry Slam champion is on. If you're a writer, performer, poet, creative or someone who just wants to express and voice themselves, come gather at local Victorian public libraries starting next week for the Victorian Poetry Slam Heats.

Two finalists from the state will win a spot to take the stage against the country’s best wordsmiths at the Sydney Opera House later in October. The national winner will then perform internationally on an all-expenses-paid literary tour valued at $10,000, and a two-week artist residency at Bundanon Trust in New South Wales.

Since 2005, the Australian Poetry Slam has uncovered local talent, shooting the careers of spoken word artists across the country. Last year’s national winner, Melanie Mununggurr-Williams, was the first Indigenous winner of the APS. 

Feeling inspired? Register your interest via the State Library of Victoria’s website.

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