State Library sets the stage for Queensland’s best slam poets

Top wordsmiths from around the state will travel to State Library of Queensland for the Australian Poetry Slam state final on Friday 20 September.

Since May, Poetry Slam heats have taken place across Queensland drawing out 18 of the state’s most captivating spoken word poets who will vie for the title of Queensland Slam Champion at the state final.

The best poets from heats in Brisbane, Cairns, Rockhampton, Mackay, Logan, Blackall, Goondiwindi and Moreton Bay will take to the stage for the event. Each poet has 2 minutes at the microphone to win over the audience with a show-stopping performance of their original poetry.

There’s plenty on the line as only two poets will continue on to the national final at the Sydney Opera House in October where they will compete for the ultimate writer's tour of Asia, worth $11,000 plus priceless professional development opportunities.

Poetry slams are energetic and interactive events where performers have free rein of the stage and the audience is the judge. Event host Candy Bowers says that the excitement of a poetry slam is that anything can happen.

“Slams are raw and unpredictable. There are no costumes or music to hide behind, just the passion and power of the spoken word. Slams are a battle with only words for weapons. But when it comes to words, there are no limits.”

There will be live performances on the night from Brisbane band Go Violets and hip-hop artist and well-known slam poet Luka Lesson.

Lesson is an experienced performer and a previous National Slam Champion. He has toured and facilitated poetry and hip hop workshops in several countries; through his craft he is committed to establishing a connection between social issues, poetry and self-empowerment.

State Librarian Janette Wright says State Library is thrilled to be facilitating the event, which is a celebration of poetry as well as the diverse voices of Queensland.

“Slam poetry is an art that truly brings words to life. It’s a wonderful event that sees these unique voices from around the state bring their diverse styles to one stage for this fun and entertaining event,” said Ms Wright.

Tickets for the Australian Poetry Slam State Final are on sale now. Visit for more details.

When: Friday 20 Sep, 7pm
Where: Maiwar Green, State Library of Queensland
Tickets: $17, bookings

Media enquiries:
Nicole Mangelsdorf, SLQ Communications
t. 07 3842 9084 |

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