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It’s three days of storytelling on the stage, straight from the source

This writers’ festival offers more than words on a page, with novelists, poets and literary masters performing their stories live on stage. The three-day event hosts poetry slams, discussions, panel talks and workshops lead by wordsmiths from across Australia as well as international creatives.

Organised by World Travels (aka non for profit arts education organisation the International Performing Writers' Association), festival events will be popping up around the city, with popular competitions and talks taking over venues like the Rocks and the Sydney Opera House. The Australian Poetry Slam Finals are a popular feature of this annual writers’ gathering, with Sydney, state and national champs being crowned one after the other on each day of the festival.

International guests will include renowned Canadian poet and novelist Kaie Kellough and Singaporean poet Deborah Emmanuel who’ll perform a physical poetry performance. They’ll be joined by Xolile Mabuza, Menzi Mkhonza and Noah Phiri of South African poetry group Words In My Mouth Poetry Slam and other soon-to-be-announced guests.

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