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2019 Australian Poetry Slam: Victorian Finals

Last Friday I was very excited to attend the Victorian Finals of the 2019 Australian Poetry Slam. Hosted by Joel McKerrow, one of Australia’s most successful internationally touring performance poets, the evening was a  thought provoking feast of poetic talent. Poets ranged from 10 years old to adults and topics covered ranged from the tooth fairy to climate change.  The poems were funny, moving, insightful and heart breaking – sometimes all within the same two minute poem. The evening also featured a performance from hip hop artist Mantra.

The Victorian winner, Zaynab Farah from Dandenong   won with her quizzical performance on how we distort the complex identities of others into something more familiar and runner-up (and 2018 winner) wāni with a piece on feeling okay about being a work in progress. Watch their performances HERE!

The winner and runner-up will go on to compete at the national final, held at the Sydney Opera House. The champion wins the chance to perform at international festivals like Ubud Writers and Readers Festival and Hong Kong International Literary Festival.

For more information about Slam Poetry events go to Melbourne Spoken Word.

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