Poets Out Loud Youth Slam returns to Byron Writers Festival in 2023!!

Do you have something to say? Here’s your chance to join us on-stage at this thrilling live performance, held in Murwillumbah as part of Byron Writers Festival. Entry is open to young people aged 12-18years residing in the Northern Rivers region.

Contact us to find out more.

Bookings: Secondary schools
Bookings: Primary schools

Massive success for Youth Slam poets

More than 200 people showed up to witness the power of young voices at Poets Out Loud Youth Slam 2022, held on August 26 for Byron Writers Festival.

Such was the power and conviction of the performers that both judges and the audience were moved to tears. Themes ranged from societal issues such as anxiety and homophobia through to the impacts of the recent floods.

It was an evening which first time youth poetry small performer Boaz Blennerhassett won’t forget after being judged the winner, taking home a $400 prize.

“To be honest I only entered for the free pizza,” Boaz said. “But now I see that performing poetry is something I can do”.

Nine young poets were selected to perform at Poets Out Loud Youth Slam, the culmination of workshops and mentoring held throughout the year.

Hosted by Poets Out Loud director Sarah Temporal, the evening also featured a performance by slam poetry champion of Australia, Huda Fadlelmawla.

>> Watch the performance videos below. <<

Poets Out Loud Youth Slam 2022 was proudly supported by Byron Writers Festival and Tweed Shire Council.

Poets Out Loud Youth Program 2022 was proudly supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.

Highlights from Poets Out Loud Youth Slam

Slam poetry for youth and schools

Poets Out Loud has worked with over 20 local schools and services to empower young voices with slam poetry. Our professional performance poets create a fun learning experience to inspire the next generation of writers. Contact us to find out more.

How does it work?

Poets Out Loud Youth Program is…

We deliver Slam Poetry workshops in secondary schools and youth groups/ services. Working in teams, participants create and share their own slam poem with the guidance of our inspiring poet-mentors.
Entrants for the Youth Poetry Slam receive one-on-one mentoring to further develop their writing and performance skills. Teams and individuals may be nominated by their school or apply independently for free mentoring .
3, 2, 1, SLAM!
We showcase the work of our young wordsmiths in an electrifying live event with epic prizes! Performances are captured on film, ensuring that these important voices are heard and remembered.