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It’s like I’m walking half asleep eyes closed.
Meanwhile the streets lie choked
by fumes and pollution as we breathe
tight tokes of the deep white smoke.
The lungs of my city are congested.
It’s arteries are blocked. Gridlocked.

~ from 'City Boy' by Mantra

OutLoud 2018 is a spoken word poetry slam competition where secondary students compete in teams. Students wrote, choreographed and performed their work for a panel of professional judges as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival.

Stemming from our New Shoots collaboration, Red Room Poetry joined OutLoud with Australian Poetry and Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, encouraging students to create poems inspired by the new theme of environmental sustainability.

Schools from Victoria developed, edited, rehearsed and polished an original spoken word poetry performance (max. 2 min) before presenting their pieces to professional judges. Heats took place at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and with the Final at Federation Square. Judge's awarded points for content and presentation.

Poets

Congratulations to St Albans Secondary College

Akegma Arok and Shalom Tiatia, a team of two from Year 10 at St Albans Secondary College, brought their fiercest and best performance to take out the title of OUTLOUD ECO!SLAM winners for 2018, speaking their own truths on equality to deliver a message to society.

"Poetry in itself was a whole new world for me. As it is an art form of speech that requires you to be able to speak your mind and to express your views through literature and the use of rhyme and rhythm. I am generally a very shy person and not really good with being in front of an audience, but doing poetry and going through the Outloud comp has made me feel more comfortable in front of audiences." ~ Shalom

"My poetic adventures have just begun and I hope to continue influencing others through my words and enabling them to find deeper meanings and purposes to their own lives and dreams." ~ Akegma

Watch their winning performance

Akegma and Shalom speak their experiences from the heart. They are well-respected students within St Albans Secondary College and we're all so happy for them to be able to pursue their dreams. And we're thankful they were given the opportunity to shine through the OutLoud competition. ~ Vicki Bunce, Akegma and Shalom's teacher

Event

OutLoud Eco!Slam Final Tuesday 28 August, 1.45pm - 2.45pm, Deakin Edge, Fed Square

Victoria's finest and fiercest spoken-wordsters battled it out in the grand final of OutLoud Eco!Slam, Australia’s best teen-team slam competition.

Watch the performances from the heats and finalists

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