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Bankstown Poetry Slam

Australia’s largest poetry slam returns to the Festival

Thursday 23 May 2024
Event Code: 56

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Don’t miss this special Festival edition of Australia’s largest poetry slam.

For the first time ever, Bankstown Poetry Slam will be hosting its regular monthly slam outside of Bankstown and exclusively for Sydney Writers’ Festival, featuring the inimitable US poet and writer Elizabeth Acevedo. Aspiring slam artists may sign up 15 minutes before the event kicks off for the chance to compete and show off their lyrical dexterity. 

An award-winning community platform, Bankstown Poetry Slam focuses on empowering through spoken-word poetry, featuring both international artists and showcasing emerging voices. Based in Western Sydney, BPS fosters young writers with their regular workshops and school performances.

Carriageworks, Track 12
245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh, NSW, 2015