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National Poetry Slam Australia, hosted by Slamalamadingdong

  • The Melba Spiegeltent 35 Johnston Street Collingwood, VIC, 3066 Australia (map)

Team Slama: Thabani Tshuma, Zaynab Farah, Morgaine van Wingerden, Sharifa Tartoussi & Charlotte Raymond
Mouthful of Melanin, Bankstown Poetry Slam:
UFP, International guests: Mic Ting, Bill Moran, Steph Dogfoot, Arielle Cottingham
Last Chance team: winners of Write Here, Write Now, GriffinSlam, Trans Poetry Slam, and Michael’s choice from Passionate Tongues.

Two of Australia's biggest and brightest poetry slams go head to head in a state of poetry origin between the Grand Slam winners of both slams in a test event for what should become a national slam tournament between teams from poetry slams around the country. Slamalamadingdong and Bankstown Poetry Slam pathing a path for this new tournament featuring group and individual pieces. Plus a team of international guests and a team of poets from winning slams during the festival.

The National Poetry Slam Australia is part of The Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival from July 12 to 28. For the program of over 60 events, check out

What is a team slam? Teams of 4 or 5 poets competing in teams, with four teams competing over 6 rounds, teams throw up individual poets or group pieces and the winning team is the team with the highest cumulative score.

Like normal slams, similar rules apply including no props, no costumes, and with a 3 minute limit plus a 10 second grace period. The slam is judged by random members of the audience as usual. Teams must use every member of their team and every member must have had a major part of writing at least one piece each.

Doors Open 7pm
Slam starts 7.30pm SHARP
Early Bird: $15 (until Friday, July 12)
Pre-Booking/Concession: $18
Adult/At Door Ticket: $20

Pre-booking recommended and appreciated to avoid lineups and get the show started on time!

The Melba Spiegeltent is a fully wheelchair accessible venue. Gender Neutral toilets are available. Slama is accessible to all ages.