A Slammingood time!

THE Goondiwindi State High School has been running a Burning Poetry night for the past three years as part of their renowned Expressive Arts Week.  

 Last year award-winning slam-poet David Stavangar, aka Ghostboy, ran several exciting workshops at the school as part of the week and was so impressed with the “Gundy vibe” that he has arranged, through the State Library of Queensland, for one of the heats of their National Poetry Slam to be held in Goondiwindi next month. 

 Speak, scream, howl, whisper or sing your original poem at the Queensland Poetry Slam heats – electric live events where the audience is the judge.

 Stock up your arsenal with freshly sharpened words, ready to compete at your local Australian Poetry Slam heat.   

How does slam work?

Heat contestants are given a microphone, a live audience and just two minutes to impress the judges (selected at random at each heat) with their original spoken word, poetry, hip hop, monologues and stories.

Five judges are picked randomly by the MC from the audience.

 After each performance, judges hold up score cards using a 1-10 scale, with 10 being the highest. 

Of the five scores for each poet, only the middle three scores are counted. 

The judges’ decision is final.

If you think you’ve got what it takes, sharpen your words at the free Slam workshop, then let them take flight at the Goondiwindi heat of this national poetry slam.  

The heat will take place at the Goondiwindi Cultural Centre on Wednesday, August 14 at 7pm.

 Competitors sign-up 30 minutes prior to the heat. This competition is open to all. 

 If you don’t feel like taking the stage yourself, come along and enjoy the show. 

 You can get “slammin” at an intensive performance poetry workshop.  

David will be running two workshops.  

One at the Goondiwindi State High School for students and a free workshop for the general public before the slam.  

The workshop is before the heat from  4pm-6pm at the Goondiwindi Public Library.  

Because the workshop is so close to the actual heat it would be a good idea to have your slam poem written if you are intending to compete that evening.

 The workshop will help you develop your performance and stage technique, and provide you with hands-on experience in slamming.

Think you’ve got what it takes? 

Here’s what’s up for grabs…


The champion of each slam heat is awarded a $100 cash prize.

Both the heat champion and runner-up will travel to Brisbane - with transport and accommodation covered - to compete in the Queensland State Finals at State Library on Friday, September 20.


The Queensland Champion will receive a $500 cash prize, with the runner-up receiving a $100 cash prize.

Both will be flown to Sydney, with accommodation covered, to compete at the Australian National Finals.


When it all comes to a head at the National Finals, slammers will be competing for the ultimate writer’s tour of Asia. 

The Australian Poetry Slam Champion for 2013 will mix it up with the literati; presenting panels, performances and workshops at the Bookworm International Literary Festival in China in March 2014 and at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival in Bali in October 2014.

The total value of the two trips is up to $12,000 - not to mention the priceless professional development opportunities.

For more details go to slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on or contact Lesley Hawker/Carolyn Stuart at Goondiwindi State High School on 4670 0333.

Poetry Slam 2013

Poetry Slam 2013