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Australia’s largest performing writer’s festival returns to Sydney for three days of poetry slams, talks and live literary mayhem.

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Story-Fest

Date: 4 Sep 2018

Story-Fest, Australia’s largest performing writer’s festival, returns to Sydney for three days of poetry slams, talks and live literary mayhem.

“Story-Fest brings together wordsmiths from across Australia every year,” says Miles Merrill, Creative Director of Word Travels. “This year we’re also showcasing international artists from Canada and Singapore plus a poetry slam group from Nelspruit, South Africa. We’re pushing against the edges of language; redefining poetry and spoken-word.”

The Australian Poetry Slam returns, with the Western Sydney, Sydney, NSW and National Finals. The prize for the 2018 Australian Poetry Slam Champion includes the ultimate writers’ festival tour to the Ubud Writer and Readers Festival, Singapore Writers Festival, Hong Kong International Literary Festival and across Canada to the Banff Centre for the Arts and the Blue Metropolitan Festival in Montreal and the Verses Festival of Words in Vancouver.

Story-Fest will continue its partnership with the Government of Canada to bring celebrated Canadian poet, novelist and sound performer Kaie Kellough, to Sydney Opera House for the APS National Final.

The Festival will also bring renowned Singaporean poet Deborah Emmanuel, performing for the first time new solo work Alien Flower In Fundamentalist Fields, which experiments with moving poetry into the physical body and the practice of intuitive illustration.

Xolile Mabuza, Menzi Mkhonza and Noah Phiri of South African poetry group Words In My Mouth Poetry Slam will celebrate notions of home and place in Nelspruit Stories.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 19

The Rumble: Young Performing Writers Program 

Where: Festival Hub – Main Stage

When: 9.30AM – 2.30PM

Cost: Invite Only schools please email info@wordtravels.info

Description:

9.30AM – 11.30AM Slam Workshop: An energetic writing and performance workshop for high school students.

11.30AM – 1PM Open Air Mic: Explore the back lane of The Rocks and find spoken wordsmiths.

1.30PM – 2.30PM Screening: If My Town was a Poem web-series

Featuring: Elliot York Cameron and Sarah Temporal

Leaving Home, Coming Home [performance]

Where: Festival Hub – Main Stage

When: 6.00PM – 7.00PM

Cost: $11 / $15 (+ booking fee)

Description: A multilingual performance that explores place, self and geography from around the world. Spoken word artists from around the world weave in and out of each other’s work through poetry and stories.

Featuring: Belinda Lopez, Deborah Emmanuel and Laurie May

Australian Poetry Slam – Sydney Final [APS]

Where: Festival Hub – Main Stage

When: 8.00PM – 10.00PM

Cost: $25 (+ booking fee)

Description: Featuring Kaie Kellough, judge the best of Sydney’s slam poets as they go head to head for two spots in the NSW final.

Featuring: Kaie Kellough

SATURDAY OCTOBER 20

Poets of Tomorrow [workshop] Workshop Series presented in collaboration with MCA

Where: Digital Studio, Level 3, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (140 George Street, The Rocks, NSW, 2000, Australia) When: 10.30AM – 11.30AM

Cost: $20 (+ booking fee)

Description: The workshop provides young participants (under 12s) with the tools to express themselves through poetry by putting their ideas into words in their own poems.

Featuring: Elliot York Cameron

Mbombela Stories [performance]

Where: Festival Hub – Story Space

When: 12.00PM – 12.45PM

Cost: $10 (+ booking fee) or free for Telling African Stories workshop ticket holders

Description: Words in my Mouth from Nelspruit will be bringing their performance style to Sydney showcasing three of their best poets bring their stories to life.

Featuring: Xolile Mabuz, Menzi Mkhonza and Noah Phiri

The Story Booth [workshop] Workshop Series presented in collaboration with MCA

Where: Digital Studio, Level 3, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (140 George Street, The Rocks, NSW, 2000, Australia)

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