SLAM POETRY IN SCHOOLS! 2019 will see south-east Queensland schools slam off in our inter-school event, with the new SlammEd! pilot program set for regional Queensland.

SlammED! is an ongoing partnership program between QPF and State Library of Queensland, now in its fifth year.

Building on the pioneering education program originally created by poets David Stavanger & Pascalle Burton, SlammED! 2019 will again see local poet and teacher Simon Kindt working closely with schools in South East and regional Queensland, bringing high-profile spoken word poets to work with students.

Students take part in a poetry workshop and performance at their school, with 20 top performing students invited to participate in a culminating SlammEd! Masterclass with a high-profile spoken word artist.

During the Masterclass, students work to develop their written pieces and performance skills in preparation for the SlammEd! state final, to be held at the 2019 Queensland Poetry Festival.

The SlammEd! Finals will be held at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts and also feature a renowned guest artist.

The overall winner of this year’s SlammED! will receive:

  • Mentorship from an established Queensland poet/writer/spoken word artist
  • A QPF poetry book pack
  • A 10 min feature set at the 2020 Queensland Poetry Festival

For the 2019 regional pilot program, students will take part in a workshop and performance at their school, culminating in a regional final event, to be designed in consultation with local schools and libraries.

For enquiries about SlammED! 2019 please email

Proudly presented in partnership with State Library of Queensland