Get ready for a ton of laughs, emotion and deep, deep phrases with the 2015 Australian Poetry Slam, Perth! Held just once a year, Australia’s Poetry Slam is well known as the largest spoken-word program in the southern hemisphere, with a knack for drawing the most creative of talents from all over the nation. Having attended the final of the 2014 Poetry Slam in Perth last year, I couldn’t and cannot wait to see what this year’s slam has in store. Each year after multiple heats in regions all over the country, just two slammers are chosen to compete at the finals in Sydney, where they then slam against each other until one lucky slammer wins the ultimate prize, touring the Bookworm International Literary Festival in China as well as the Ubud Writers and Reader Festival in Bali. Pretty sweet.
Heat 1 of the Australian Poetry Slam in Perth kicked off on Saturday night at the Rosemount Hotel in North Perth; a different venue to that of The Bakery where the Slam was held last year. Still, The Rosemount proves an edgy venue nonetheless with couches to chill on whilst drinking some sort of alcoholic beverage. Having only been to the final last year, I wasn’t expecting anything too out there at Heat 1, maybe one or two Perthians who actually knew how to slam, but I was wrong. From over a dozen contestants, every slammer was on the ball in that they could slam, and had written interesting, hilarious and at times mind blowing pieces to share. I won’t give too much away until the final, but a slammer to definitely watch would be Maddie Godfrey, a young and upcoming poet in Perth who blew our minds during Heat 1 with her amazing interpretation of what it is to be a woman, exploring rape and notions of women ‘asking for it’. Godfrey has recently had her poetry published in Pelican Magazine, and will be slamming at the finals in September, so make sure to check her out!
Details. If Heat 1 of the Australian Poetry Slam in Perth was a taste of what’s to come throughout the whole competition, then trust me, you won’t want to miss a poem more. For just $10 entry, you can watch up to two hours of awesome poetry unfold before your eyes; delivered in an engaging and entertaining way. Even if you don’t get to Heat 2 of the slam (Saturday 22nd of August at 5pm), or even Heat 3 (Saturday 29th of August at 5pm), make sure you get to the final, which is on Saturday the 5th of September, 5pm, at the Rosemount Hotel in North Perth. Slammers can sign up to slam at any of the heats from 4.30pm, but I’d push you to arrive earlier to mingle and get to know the great crowd of people that attends such events. Get slamming Perth!
For more information on the Australian Poetry Slam head to their website at www.australianpoetryslam.com, or just head to Facebook for the Poetry Slam WA Heats event page.