The Hunter Poetry Slam is expanding across the region in 2019 with six free workshops to be held in Muswellbrook, Scone, Singleton, Newcastle, Maitland and Wallsend in mid July. Poets across the Hunter will have the opportunity to hone their poetry writing and performance skills with workshops at Muswellbrook Library, Scone Council Chambers, Singleton Public Library and other regional centres.
Six Hunter Poetry Slam heats will then be held in September around the region. The top-scoring poets will go on to the Hunter Regional Heat at Newcastle Town Hall on 4 October as part of This is Not Art festival (TiNA), competing for two spots at the NSW Final as part of the Australian Poetry Slam.
A poetry slam is a unique event where poets are given a microphone, a live audience and just 2 minutes to impress the judges with their original poetry, stories…whatever they do with words. The judges are chosen randomly from the crowd.
Program Manager Christina Robberds said that the Hunter Poetry Slam would foster a spoken word scene in the region and build on existing vibrant creative community initiatives such as Verses Poets in Residence Program in Maitland and Girls on Key in Newcastle.
The free workshops are for budding poets or more seasoned performers. Participants are encouraged to bring along a first draft of a poem to use as material to develop their writing and performance skills. A practical workshop, participants will have the opportunity to perform their poem to peers and receive constructive feedback.
‘Developing creative skills, networks and confidence is the foundation of the Hunter Poetry Slam program. Our region is full of amazing creatives and these workshops will help poets hone their skills and give them a better chance to ultimately win the Australian Poetry Slam National Final at the Sydney Opera House as part of Story-Fest 2019’ said Christina Robberds.
Free workshops will be held in the Upper Hunter :
Tuesday 16 July at Singleton Public Library 2-4pm
Thursday 18 July at Scone Council Chambers 10am-12pm followed by 2-4pm at Muswellbrook Library
Workshops will also be held at other regional centres during the second week of the school holidays.
People of all ages are welcome to attend.
Bookings for these free workshops are essential. Call the libraries to register:
Singleton: 6578 7500
Muswellbrook: 6543 1913
Scone: 6540 1183
For information about other regional workshops, contact Maitland City Library, Newcastle City Library and Wallsend Library.
Image: Australian Poetry Slam Champion Melanie Mununggurr Williams 2018. Credit: Word Travels