Bankstown Poetry Slam hosted its second annual Grand Slam last year. This sold-out event featured the highest scoring poets from its monthly slam and was a fierce battle of words on everything from politics, love and family to religion and identity. Join us for an exciting showcase of the Grand Slam spoken word artists and see for yourself why Bankstown is home to the largest poetry slam in Australia. Hosted by Sara Mansour.

Sara Mansour (Australian)

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Sara Mansour is a recent law graduate who co-founded Bankstown Poetry Slam (BPS) in February 2013. BPS has grown to be the largest regular spoken word event in the country, attracting an average of 300 people per month. After growing up in Punchbowl, Sara has been heavily involved in community work and the arts since BPS' inception, performing locally and internationally, facilitating workshops and featuring on numerous panels. In 2016, she programmed and executed 'Real Talk'- a project that delivers free spoken word workshops to students across seven Western Sydney high schools. Her work was recognised at last year's inaugural Out There Summit where she accepted the Pemulwuy Prize 2016 from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on behalf of BPS' contributions to the Western Sydney community.