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Australia's wittiest writers' program
Story-Fest 2018, Australian Poetry Slam, Writers Festival
Story-Fest 2018 - image supplied


Lovers of the written word and want-to-be writers will be congregating for the annual Story-Fest for 2018. This is Australia's largest performing writer's program and will be held on 19-21 October at The Rocks and the Sydney Opera House.

Your ears and imagination will be buzzing as you listen to some of the world's wittiest wordsmiths. The action-packed program is run over three days full of poetry slams, talks and live literary acts.

Story-Fest 2018, Australian Poetry Slam, Writers Festival
Story-Fest 2018 - image supplied


The Story-Fest '18 concludes the Festival's keystone event, the Australian Poetry Slam National Finale at the Sydney Opera House on Sunday 21 October. The National Final will be a contest of wits and wordplay with the very best writers of the Festival. There will also be special performances from the 2017 Slam Champions Solli Raphael and Jesse Oliver before they hand over their crowns to the new Word Wizard.

Story-Fest 2018, Australian Poetry Slam, Writers Festival
Story-Fest 2018 - image supplied


Story-Fest 2018, Australian Poetry Slam, Writers Festival
Story-Fest 2018 - image supplied


The Festival will also feature performances from celebrated Canadian poet, novelist and sound performer Kaie Kellough, in partnership with the Government of Canada, and renowned Singaporean poet Deborah Emmanuel, performing for the first time her new solo work Alien Flower In Fundamentalist Fields.

Story-Fest 2018, Australian Poetry Slam, Writers Festival
Deborah Emmanuel - image credit: Kelly Fan

"The 2018 program is our most provocative," said Miles Merrill, Creative Director of Word Travels. "With artists from Canada, Singapore, South Africa and across Australia, the Festival pushes against the edges of language. No celebrities. No politicians. It's raw voices from heaps of diverse international communities."

"With the slam, we can't wait to see who the next Solli Raphael or Jesse Oliver will be, and what the year brings for them!" he said.

Story-Fest 2018, Australian Poetry Slam, Writers Festival
Story-Fest 2018 - image supplied


Highlights include:

Australian Poetry Slam – Sydney Final (Fri. 19 Oct, 8 - 10PM)
Leaving Home, Coming Home (Fri. 19 Oct, 6 – 7PM)
The Story Booth (Sat. 20 Oct, 12.30 – 1.30PM)
Unravelling Ascenão (Sat. 20 Oct, 1 - 2PM)
Telling African Stories (Sat. 20 Oct, 1 - 2PM)
Alien Flower In Fundamentalist Fields (Sat. 20 Oct, 5 – 6PM)
A Chat with Kaie Kellough (Sat. 20 Oct, 3.30-4.30PM)
Australian Poetry Slam – NSW Final (Sat. 20 Oct, 8 - 10PM)
Poetry Zine Making (Sun. 21 Oct, 10.30AM-1.30PM)
Masterclass with Kaie Kellough (Sun. 21 Oct, 2 – 4PM)
Australian Poetry Slam – National Final (Sun. 21 Oct, 7 - 10PM)

Story-Fest 2018, Australian Poetry Slam, Writers Festival
Story-Fest 2018 - image supplied


Ticket information at WORD TRAVELS' WEBSITE: www.wordtravels.info
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Why? Australia's Largest Performing Writers Program
When: 19-21 October 2018
Where: Sydney Opera House and The Rocks, more TBC
Cost: See website for fees for particular events
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