Speak, scream, howl, whisper even sing your poems, stories, lyrics, and monologues in the Australian Poetry Slam 2017 – a live literary performance competition where the audience is the judge!
Two finalists from each slam heat or regional final will compete in their state or territory final then head to Sydney for the national final.
All Performing Writers are given a microphone, a live audience and just two minutes to impress the judges with their original spoken word, poetry, hip hop, monologues and stories.
2016 Australian Poetry Slam Champion, Arielle Cottingham will MC the Coffs Harbour Heat. Arielle is an Afro-Latina poet, performance artist, and dancer. She began performing spoken word in 2014 while studying at the University of Melbourne. Since then she has developed a full-time career as a spoken-word poet including working as creative producer of Melbourne’s Slamalamadingdong.
Arielle's writing probes the territory of the personal as the political, dealing heavily with themes of identity, heritage, history, and the roles they play in immediate, everyday interactions. Her performances incorporate elements of dance and physical theatre to create multidisciplinary pieces that have been described as both elegant and profoundly moving.