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January 28, 2016
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Draw Your (S)words

  • Words: Katharine Ahern

Poetry isn’t just for high school English teachers and angsty Arts students. As the recent boom in Adelaide’s spoken word scene proves, it’s actually for everyone.


The Summer Slam Final is a collaboration between Draw Your (S)words and Spoken Word SA, and will take place on the February 4 at Jive, 181 Hindley Street, Adelaide. It starts at 7:30pm and is $10 at the door.

This year, Spoken Word SA is teaming up with Draw Your (S)words to host the Summer Slam Finals at Jive. If you’re a fan of eclectic crowds, cold beer and words that rhyme (or don’t – hello free verse!) then this event is not to be missed.

For the past few weeks Adelaideans from all walks of life have been competing in three different heats, and now it is time to gather together, be merry, and ultimately crown a winner.

The rules of the slam are as follows: one poem per contestant, two minutes maximum in length, no props, no musical instruments, and no costumes allowed.

Special guests Juno and internationally renowned Singaporean poet, Deborah Emmanuel, will also be gracing the stage for this special occasion.

Draw Your (S)words, a spoken word night run by local wordsmith extraordinaires Wallis Prophet and Gemma Boyd, was born just over a year ago in an inner-city café. From those humble beginnings, it has been pivotal in inspiring a new wave of poetry lovers to stand up in public and do their thing.

Come help us cheer the finalists along. And hey, who knows? Maybe next time it will be you up there behind the microphone.

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