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Meanwhile the streets lie choked
by fumes and pollution as we breathe 
tight tokes of the deep white smoke.
~ from 'City Boy' by Mantra


OutLoud is a spoken word poetry slam competition run by Australian Poetry in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Red Room Poetry and national young writers’ organisation, Express Media.

Stemming from Red Room Poetry's New Shoots project, OutLoud encourages primary and secondary students to create poems inspired by the new theme of environmental sustainability.

Held as part of Melbourne Writers Festival, OutLoud is founded and headed by Creative Director and poet Emilie Zoey Baker, and funded by the City of Melbourne Arts Projects Grants 2019.

In its model, schools enter teams of up to four students who create, rehearse and then perform an original slam poem. Professional judging and inspired mentoring, by Baker and other leading slam-poet-teachers, have made the program an enormous success in its history to date.

Register for OutLoud Eco!Slam 2019

Victorian schools are invited to register in the first-in-the-nation primary school poetry slam competition, with OutLoud primary finalists to appear at the Melbourne Writers Festival. OutLoud secondary schools will also battle it out again this year with their high-profile Final also at the Festival.

For the first time, primary school students have the chance to register in OutLoud Eco!Slam for FREE. 

Registrations for the secondary and primary slam competitions are open now, and the finals will again be at The Melbourne Writers Festival in their new home, The State Library of Victoria, on the 2 and 3 September.

Register today through Australian Poetry

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