Tag Archives: poetry slam

Trying something new with Bloody Lips

By 15 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Bloody Lips (words of passion spoken and sung) was my first experience of Performance Poetry. Held at the Monster Kitchen and Bar at NewActon on Sunday afternoon, I’m not sure what drew me to it, but it seemed like a pretty cool thing to do.
The event was MC’d by 2013 Australian Poetry Slam Champion, CJ [...]

Canberra Poetry Slam: 2 Tens & A Tomato

By 16 July 2014

[ 25 July 2014 at 8:00 pm; ]

The Canberra Poetry Slam returns to the Front Gallery and Cafe on Friday, the 25th of July!
Artists Geoffrey Dunn and Marina Talevski are exhibiting their collaborative project Two Tens and a Tomato in the gallery section, and they will feature their Poetry and Pictures collaborative pieces over the course of the night.

Come along at 8pm [...]

The New Year hasn’t really started until it’s BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!

By 10 January 2014

[ 15 January 2014 at 7:30 pm; ]

Facebook brings the news we’ve been waiting for:

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! gives you a stage microphones an audience MCs judges scores The Master of Conflict and adding for your two minutes of your original material on the Phoenix stage for prizes!

So many prizes, all first prizes!


And because we are the [...]

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! at the Phoenix with too many guests

By 11 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 18 December 2013 at 7:30 pm; ]

The finest night of free entertainment the Earth has ever seen happens Monthly at the Phoenix.

It is hosted by Andrew Galan and Joel Barcham because they are loud.

You should be aware of this.





And in the December we want you on stage with your words for [...]

Canberra Poetry Slam

By 25 November 2013

[ 29 November 2013 at 8:00 pm; ] Just got word of the final Canberra Poetry Slam event for 2013.

Amelia Walker and Hayley shone are headlining and you should probably just mark this off in your Calendar right now.

Check out the Facebook page for more info.

Friday the 29th of November will be the last Canberra Poetry Slam of the Year. Come join us, [...]

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! with Amelia Filmer-Sankey and El Lukio

By 24 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 16 October 2013; ]

Canberra’s finest and only poetry event is returning to the Phoenix next month on the 16th with special guest stars Amelia Filmer-Sankey and El Lukio.

That’s right! I said Amelia Filmer-Sankey and El Lukio!

Can you even comprehend?

Lord of co-op related events and black-belted word ninja, Amelia Filmer-Sankey will be getting all up in your word grill [...]

Canberra Poetry Slam at the Front

By 16 September 2013

[ 27 September 2013 at 8:00 pm; ]

Canberra’s only poetry slam named after Canberra is at the Front next Friday (the 27th) and it’s featuring local slam poet and championship boxer Ellie Malbon which will be all sorts of awesome.

One of the things I just claimed isn’t true.*

Hi everyone!

Canberra Poetry Slam returns on the 27th of September, with the lovely Ellie Malbon [...]

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! kicks off the ACT championships

By 20 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 21 August 2013 at 12:00 am; ]

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! is tomorrow night!

It is also at the Phoenix!

It is double also the first heat in this year’s ACT Australian Poetry Slam championships.

The winners will be sent to the ACT finals, the winners of the ACT finals will be sent to National Finals in Sydney, the winners of the National finals in Sydney will be [...]

CJ Bowerbird in Scene

By 16 August 2013

Canberra’s Champion Poet CJ Bowerbird has been featured in Scene:
Meet Canberra’s CJ Bowerbird — a poet who’s challenging the very notion of spoken word art. While yes, he could loosely be defined as a slam poet — a style in which he excels, mind you — CJ is constantly refining his craft by incorporating [...]

Australian Poetry Slam heat dates announced


[ 21 August 2013 at 7:30 pm; 5 September 2013 at 7:30 pm; ]

The Canberran slam poetry scene is massive, inspiring, and challenging. If you’ve got even a passing interest in the spoken word you owe it to yourself to check out some of the wonderful local performer/writers we have here.

In fact coming to one of these heats would be a great place to do just that.

The team [...]

Canberra Poetry Slam is a cat.


[ 26 July 2013 at 8:00 pm; ]

This just in:

When the PURR of the blizzard bristles naked branches, they meow at NIGHT!

EVEN SO – The July Canberra Poetry Slam is ON!

On Friday the 26th of July join Host Josh Inman and minion Varisht Gosain to listen and enjoy great performance Slam Poetry.

The night will commence with the Open Mike at [...]

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! ready to fight at the Phoenix


[ 17 July 2013 at 7:30 pm; ]

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! is a wild beast and cannot be contained, and it is returning to the Phoenix.

The following release should answer any questions you have.


We give you a stage, 2 minutes, 2 microphones, an audience, The Master or Mister or Mistress of Conflict, 5 judges, 2 toilets, 2 MCs, and [...]

Roar Poets Tour – 2013 – Canberra @ Smith’s Alternative

By 8 July 2013

[ 12 July 2013; ]

Three masters of the spoken word are planning at make your brain and the ears it’s attached to super happy this Friday at Smith’s.

National Poetry Slam winner and local handsome man CJ Bowerbird, is combining forces with a crack team of Northerners who are travelling down from Queensland to fire red hot barbs of poetry [...]

Slammin’ In Canberra by Mart Basa

By 27 May 2013

Mart Basa just sent us this wonderful little article on the amazing Slam poetry scene in Canberra:
Scratch the capital’s 100-year surface and discover it’s all in the poetry. Canberra’s poetry slam scene is spilling and thriving its heart out.
Poetry slam, for the uninitiated, is a competitive blend of hip hop, theatre and performance poetry [...]

May Canberra Poetry Slam

By 29 April 2013

[ 3 May 2013 at 7:30 pm; ]

This just in:

May Poetry Slam Part 1
This month sees the social calendar bookended by two editions of the Canberra Poetry Slam

Part 1 starts Friday the 3rd at the Front Gallery. As with all our slams, we start with the open mic at 7:30 before moving onto the Slam.

The slam rules:
– 3 minute limit
– 1 [...]

Canberra Poetry Slam for 21 March

By 16 March 2013

[ 21 March 2013 at 7:30 pm; ]

This just in from the inimitable Josh Inman:

Dear robots of poetry,

Kicking off at 7:30 at the Front Gallery in Lyneham on the 21st, the March edition of the Canberra Poetry Slam starts with an open mike.

The slam is open to all*, with a 1 poem 3 minute limit; the poem has to be of your [...]

Canberra’s longest running poetry slam returns


[ 20 March 2013 at 8:00 pm; ]

Did you know BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! is Canberra’s longest running poetry slam?

Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.

First Canberra Poetry Slam of 2013

By 21 February 2013

[ 23 February 2013 at 7:30 pm; ]
Local wordsmiths Varisht Gosain and Josh Inman are once again amassing a clan of poets to do battle at the Front in Lyneham.

What: 1st Canberra Poetry Slam of 2013
Where: The Front Gallery and Cafe, Lyneham
The Canberra Poetry Slam is Canberra’s longest running poetry slam. The CPS kicks off at 730 with an open mic. [...]


By 7 February 2013

[ 20 February 2013 at 7:30 pm; ]

The best reason in the world to start drinking early in the Phoenix on a Wednesday night is to get a decent seat at the Phoenix from one of Canberra’s two poetry slams.

Facebook has details:

Have you been to BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!?

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! is the poetry slam that wants your words on stage for two minutes for 1st prizes.

And [...]

Bad! Slam! No! Biscuit! returns in 2013

By 11 January 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 16 January 2013 at 7:30 pm; ]

Facebook has a warning for all your souls:

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! is inside the Phoenix Pub for 2013, which means you get two microphones, a stage, plenty of sound, prizes and more prizes, audience, clapping, prizes, judges, cheering, heckling, and the chance of glory! With MCs too, and scoring along with adding, prizes, conflicting, and poetry, especially poetry, [...]

January at the Phoenix

By 10 January 2013

[ 8 January 2013 to 31 January 2013. ] This just in:

Tuesday 8th 7:30pm
Andrew Galan’s Our Dystopian Futures Trivia

Thursday 10th 9pm
Chainsaw Hookers
Johnny Roadkill
Renegade Peacock

Saturday 12th 9:30pm
The Mouldy Lovers (Bris)
Underscore Orkestra (USA)
The Brass Knuckle Brass Band

Sunday 13th 8pm
Wil Wagner (The Smith Street Band, Melbourne)
Lincoln LeFevre (Hobart)
Isaac Graham (Sydney)
Ben David (Adelaide)

Tuesday 15th 7:30pm
Arc Cinema Presents
Liz and Bolings Quiz of Fortune

Wednesday 16th 8pm

Saturday 19th 9:30pm
Bob Log III
Crash [...]

An unseasonal Bad! Slam! for the festive period

By 6 December 2012

[ 12 December 2012 at 7:30 pm; ]

Facebook brings word:

The December BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! will be at the special time of the 2nd Wednesday of December.

So bring your words, your audience, your judges, your to do lists, your fridges, your poems, to The Phoenix Pub for prizes! Because we give you a stage, two microphones, two MCs, The Master of Conflict, The Score Adder, [...]

Canberra’s poetry champion in action. CJ Bowerbird

By 4 December 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Australian Poetry Slam has bestirred itself to post Canberra’s CJ Bowerbird on his way to winning the national competition.
Well worth a look.

Canberra’s CJ Bowerbird takes the Australian Poetry Slam

By 3 December 2012

The Australian Poetry Slam has word on Facebook that Canberra’s own CJ Bowerbird has been crowned the Australian Poetry Slam Champion for 2012.
And now presenting… CJ Bowerbird our new Australian Poetry Slam Champion.
It certainly makes me feel better about the arse kicking he gave me in the ACT Final.
ACT heats convenor Andrew Galan [...]

Bad! Slam! No! Biscuit! Back where it belongs

By 6 November 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 21 November 2012 at 7:30 pm; ]

Canberra’s best night of free entertainment returns to the Phoenix:

In November we provide you with a stage, an audience, five judges, The Score Adder, two microphones, and two minutes on stage, for prizes, FIRST PRIZES from Impact Comics, The Games Capital, Smiths Alternative Bookshop, and from underneath the back office desk.

And of course we provide [...]

Heats for the Australian Poetry Slam kicking off

By 24 September 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 28 September 2012; 6 October 2012; 17 October 2012; ]

Word has gone out about the ACT heats of the Australian Poetry Slam competition which will culminate in much hoopla at the Sydney Theatre:

For the first time ever the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has three Australian Poetry Slam heats throughout September and October. Showcasing some of Canberra’s finest poets these heats will decide who will [...]

Labor on the arts

By 19 September 2012

Joy Burch has announced Labors plans for arts with an effort to kill poetry slams by bringing them within the dead embrace of government:
if re-elected ACT Labor will provide $5.83 million over four years to deliver nation-leading arts facilities for the future, protect and celebrate our finest cultural assets and better engage our young people [...]

Bad! Slam! No! Biscuit! September! 2012!

By 16 September 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 19 September 2012 at 7:30 pm; ]

It seems no laws of god nor man can restrain BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! wakes from torpor to bring you the GODZILLA edition.

You may not know why, Why, WHY!

So bring your poems, your rants, your really short stories, your WHY did they have a baby Godzilla cartoon to BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!

Because we want your words on [...]

Canberra Poetry Slam

By 17 August 2012

[ 31 August 2012 at 7:30 pm; ]

This in:

Friday the 31st sees Canberra’s longest running poetry slam, The Canberra Poetry Slam host Slam or scrambled, the August edition.

Featuring Canberra’s CJ Bowerbird, a no-holds barred open mike, the slam itself and a return to cash prizes, the night promises to be chockfull of entertainment

Hosted by J C Inman and the Flying V, the [...]

August BAD! SLAM! @ The Phoenix

By 13 August 2012

[ 15 August 2012 at 7:30 pm; ]

We hear that madness and badness returns to The Phoenix this Wednesday for the best free night in town:

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! launches into August The Month of Mystery.

With two microphones, a stage, an audience, judges, The Score Adder, Shakespeare, Prizes and your choice of beer, cider, spirits or water and cordial or water without cordial. This is [...]

July Bad! Slam! With bonus Rafe

By 10 July 2012

[ 18 July 2012 at 7:30 pm; ]

Last month’s Bad! Slam! No! Biscuit! featured a full brass band playing the poets in and out for what became a memorable evening despite the rivers of beer flowing.

This month facebook informs that RiotACT’s escaped musician Rafe Morris is performing. Which guarantees some good songs, but will he stay on duty providing the stings throughout [...]

Bad! Slam! No! Biscuit! Back at the Phoenix

By 6 June 2012

[ 20 June 2012 at 7:30 pm; ]

Facebook has the good news:

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! is your poetry slam in June.

And that means bring your words, your crimes against poetry, your rants, your intent to coagulate on stage, your witticisms, your HERE I AM JUDGE ME BECAUSE I DON’T CARE FOR YOUR JUDGING, all for prizes, all for poetry, all for their poetry, ALL FOR [...]

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