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Australian Poetry Slam 2017 - Logan Heat

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Pour your soul and skills into two minutes of SLAM
anisa nandaula, queensland poetry slam, logan, queensland
Anisa Nandaula is an up and coming spoken word poet. Photo credit: Darlia Argyris, taken at the 2016 Queensland Poetry Festival, QLD Final - Australian Poetry Slam

Could you be Queensland's next poetry slam champion?

Come and try out at the Logan heat of Australian Poetry Slam '17. Contestants have two minutes to own the stage, to rock the mic, and win over the audience with their original spoken word poetry. Judges from the audience rate each performance and two worthy wordsmiths will carry on to battle it out at the Queensland State Final at the Queensland Poetry Festival, Judith Wright Centre, on Sunday 27 August. Only the first 20 competitors to sign up may compete, and signing up for the heat at 5.30pm is essential. The host and feature poet will be acclaimed spoken word artist Josh Donellan.

The 2016 winner of the Logan Heat of the Queensland Poetry Slam was Anisa Nandaula, an 18-year-old up and coming spoken word poet. She went on to win the 2016 Queensland Poetry Slam finals, and was a runner up for the National Australian slam poetry finals. Anisa was born in Uganda but now calls Brisbane home. A regular visitor to libraries in the City of Logan whilst studying at high school, she aims to combine the two worlds that she was born in and raised through her art.

In the below clip from last year's finals, you're immediately struck by her focus. Eyes down, with a gathering storm of thought and prose ready to flow from her mouth. Her voice quivering, she speaks passionately about war and the concept of identity. It's hard to not be affected and changed by her bold critique.

If you have some poetry that others need to hear, then taking part in the Poetry Slam would be a powerful platform to share it. Anyone is welcome to participate, and poets from the Logan region are especially welcome to come and try out at the heats. This a great event, and it's free!

Getting up on stage seem a little daunting at first, so if you'd like to sharpen your words before you hit the stage, come along to the afternoon slam masterclass. Spoken word artist Josh Donellan is hosting the class, from 3:30pm to 5:30pm.

As well as a renowned slam poet, Josh is a writer, musician, radio DJ and teacher. He was almost devoured by a tiger in the jungles of Malaysia, nearly died of a lung collapse in the Nepalese Himalayas, fended off a pack of rabid dogs with a guitar in the mountains of India and was sexually harassed by a half-naked man whilst standing next to Oscar Wilde's grave in Paris. So it's fairly safe to say that he'll be able to provide a unique viewpoint to motivate and develop your skills.

logan poetry slam
Josh Donellan will emcee, and host a slam poetry masterclass

Remember, competition places are strictly limited to a maximum of 20 people.

Heat sign-up is from 5.30pm. The poetry slam is from 6pm to 8pm. The best advice from the organisers is to get there early for the masterclass, and then sign up for the competition at 5:30 on the dot.

If you'd just like to watch, there will be plenty of room, with the heat venue itself able to accommodate up to 150 people.

Getting to the Logan Hyperdome Library is possible either by car or public transport. Plan your journey here on Translink services (remember to check for any service updates directly on the Journey Planner).
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Why? Compete in a bold and contemporary art form
When: Poetry Slam Masterclass 3:30-5:30. Poetry Slam Heat 6:00-8:00
Where: 66-70 Mandew St, Shailer Park QLD 4128
Cost: FREE
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