Australian Poetry Slam royalty is coming to the Sunshine Coast to host workshops with aspiring performers.
National champion Zohab Zee Khan will mentor young up-and-comers alongside award-winning Sunshine Coast slam poet Gabriella Salmon.
The first workshop will be held as part of a slam poetry and music performance event at Yandina’s The Shared on July 28.
The event includes a two-hour workshop, which will help prepare emerging performers if they wish to compete at the region’s first official Sunshine Coast Poetry Slam Championships on August 12.
The championships will be held as part of the second annual Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival (SCIRWF) and are an official part of the 10-heat Queensland Slam Poetry Festival.
SCIRWF founder and artistic director Wendy O’Hanlon says it is “a real coup” for the festival to host an official heat of the state championships.
“There were a number of other events in Queensland who were hoping to be slotted in to the state championships, but I think my enthusiasm for spoken word/slam poetry got our festival over the line,” she says.
“Spoken word or slam poetry is a fantastic way for emerging writers to not only express themselves but also to gain confidence in standing on a stage and performing in public. Slam poetry, particularly, is a great avenue for younger writers to feel confident in experimenting with writing.”
The July 28 workshop has 20 free places for students, who must register at njoy@sunshinecoastreadersand writersfestival.com by July 24.
Spectators can head to The Shared from 6pm to see soulful music by born-and-bred North Arm musician Jordan Solomon and performances by Zee Khan and Salmon. Tickets are $25 and available from sunshinecoastreadersandwritersfestival.com.