Australian Poetry Slam

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Australian Poetry Slam

Time: October 13, 2013 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: Sydney Opera House
Street: Bennelong Point
City/Town: Sydney
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Event Type: poetry, slam
Organized By: Word Travels
Latest Activity: Sep 28, 2013

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Australian Poetry Slam - National Final - Key Event

Word Travels Festival is the new home of the Australian Poetry Slam (APS). Urban poetry pioneer, Ursula Rucker joins the nation's mightiest wordsmiths for three days of literary mayhem: spoken word, poetry, stories, lyrics, monologues and king hit poetry slam finals.

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

Ursula Rucker is the queen of spoken-word and one of the strongest female poets performing today. She's worked with hip hop superstars The Roots and produced ground-breaking solo albums Supa Sista, Silver and Lead and her latest release She Said.

She will deliver her own poetic keynote address at the APS '13 National Final.

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 2013 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.

Word Travels in partnership with Radio National is giving one RN listener the chance to skip the State based competition and go straight into the Australia Poetry Slam National Finals as the RN Wildcard, performing, along with the State finalists, on Sunday 13 October at the Sydney Opera House. Click here for details

Who will be Australia's next Slam champion?

Featuring: 2 poets from each state/territory, The ABC Radio National Slam Wildcard and Ursula Rucker.

MC: Miles Merrill

DJ: Master of Ribongia

Sydney Opera House - Drama Theatre
Bennelong Point
$40 or Festival Pass

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