5 December 2008

Queanbeyan uber alles in the National Poetry Slam

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It turned out there were three local entries (out of 18) in the Australian Poetry Slam ’08. The final was held this evening at the Opera House in Sydney and broadcast nationally on ABC Radio,

Even more exciting two of them, David Finigan (no secret that he posts here as “blind” and Adam Hadley (hadley, performing here as “The Human Cannonball Academy”) are regular contributors here on RiotACT.

Despite the excellence of their entries they were beaten on the night by another ACT entry, Omar Musa of Queanbeyan.

But enough of the judges, which of the local entries did you think was best?

I’ve spliced them together as a single mp3.

Have a listen and then vote for your favourite entry.

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UPDATE: StereoHenry sent in the following which adds link to all their profiles:

    QBN’s Omar Musa has taken out the national Poetry Slam and its $5000 purse.

    Congrats to Canberran runners-up Adam Hadley and David Finnigan – who both joined Omar in Sydney last night for the final.

    666 ABC Canberra has more.

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It was an awesome night! Massive congratulations to Omar, he smashed it. Finig was also spectacular, as were all the other poets.

Poetry Slam is an event that began in Chicago back in the 80’s, in an attempt to move away from poetry readings and add a performance element. They happen once a month at The Front in Canberra, with competitors from established writers to first timers. They are incredibly supportive environments, and all types of poetry and performance are encouraged.

Contestants are given a mike and 2 minutes to do SOMETHING — poetry, spoken word, rap, monologues, 2 minutes of silence, flapping like a bird, whinges, manifestos, whatever, and are judged by randomly selected audience members.

They aim to be inclusive, community spirited events showcasing high quality writing and performance.

What a bunch of hippy faggots.

Pommy bastard1:37 pm 05 Dec 08

johnboy said :

Give it a listen, I reckon you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Caught a bit of it on “number of the beast” radio, it was dreadful.

Jonathon Reynolds1:16 pm 05 Dec 08

johnboy said :

And now the ACT entrant has won the ABC is claiming him for NSW.

Last time I checked Queanbeyan was still in NSW.

Give it a listen, I reckon you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Pommy bastard said :

What is a poetry “slam”?

I believe they are trying to make poetry groovy.

It won’t work.

And now the ACT entrant has won the ABC is claiming him for NSW.

Well done all. Omar got my vote, but the other lads did admirably.

Pommy bastard7:55 am 05 Dec 08

What is a poetry “slam”, do they hit each other with books until only one is left standing?

download a mp3 of POETRY?!

I don’t think so. bloody hell.

We’ll ride that Queanbo bloke out on a fence rail in the morning. Disgraceful behaviour.

I’m trying to think of another publication that’s got two finalists in a national poetry competition contributing.

very proud of all the guys. very proud.

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