The search begins for Queensland’s best spoken word poet

Queensland rappers, rhymers and poets are invited to bring their words to the stage as the 2014 Australian Poetry Slam competition tours the state.

Poetry Slams are electric live events, featuring a broad range of writing and performance styles, where contestants have two minutes on stage to impress the audience with a spoken word performance of an original poem.

State Librarian Janette Wright said State Library will take the Queensland heats of the Australian Poetry Slam competition to nine locations in the search for Queensland’s best slam poet.

“Working with public libraries and communities throughout Queensland, the competition aims to draw out local talent from all around the state, giving a platform to local voices and offering the opportunity to compete against Australia’s best at the state and national finals,” said Ms Wright.

The Queensland leg of the Australian Poetry Slam will visit Mackay, Goondiwindi, Rockhampton, Cairns, Logan, Moreton Bay, Cloncurry, Thursday Island and Brisbane to unearth local talent. Free workshops will be held in each location prior to the heat, to help competitors polish their performance before they hit the stage.

The Queensland competition will culminate in a State Final at State Library in September, where two finalists from each heat will be invited to compete. The State Champion and Runner Up will then travel to Sydney to compete for the Australian title later in the year.

Wordsmiths of all genres are encouraged to compete with the lure of $12,000 of cash and prizes on offer.
Ms Wright encouraged both seasoned slam poetry enthusiasts and those new to the art form to get involved in the competition.

“Slam poetry is a truly diverse form of expression that demonstrates the power of words. In previous years the competition has revealed extraordinary talent from all walks of life. You never know where this year’s champion will be discovered.”

“Whether you have aspirations to get up on stage and have a go at the championship or simply want to sit back and be inspired by the brave voices that emerge ― come along and get involved!” Ms Wright said.

All Queensland Poetry Slam heats are free to attend and enter; however, bookings are essential to guarantee your spot.

For more information and full heat details, visit slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on/awards/poetryslam.

The Queensland tour of the Australian Poetry Slam 2014 is coordinated by State Library of Queensland in partnership with local public libraries and regional arts organisations.

Media enquiries: Nicole Mangelsdorf, SLQ Communications t. 07 3842 9084 | Nicole.Mangelsdorf@slq.qld.gov.au

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