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A YOUNG POET and solicitor was the front runner in the “BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!” Canberra National Poetry Slam, held recently in Gorman Arts Centre.
Georgina Vallance will now proceed to the Australian Poetry Slam Final at Sydney Opera House to compete on October 16, along with runners up Tahi Atia Kentwell and Aisling Doyle.
A total of 13 finalists made it into the Slam, staged as part of ‘Poetry on the Move’.
The over-capacity event was, in the view of organiser and poet Andrew Galan, “an enormous success and celebration of people taking part in poetry in the Australian Capital Territory”.
BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! ran heats throughout August in the Phoenix Pub and in the Well at the University of Canberra, the first poetry slam ever held at UC. They packed both venues with over 100 people at the Phoenix and 150 at the UC event. They also organised for Canberra Slamboree at the Front to host a heat.
Galan is plainly impressed with the support they had from Paul Munden from Poetry in Motion, Paul Magee from UC, the Phoenix Pub and Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres.
Photos courtesy of Adam Thomas.
BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!s next poetry events are at the Phoenix Pub on Wednesday 21 September 21 at 7:30pm, and the ‘Salt Room’ at Gorman Arts Centre on Friday, September 23 at 7:30pm.
Australian Poetry Slam Final, part of Word Travels’ Story Fest, Sydney Opera House, 7pm, Sunday October 16, bookings to australianpoetryslam.com