Australian slam poetry 2016

QPF is proud to announce we will be again be running the Queensland Heats & Final of the Australian Poetry Slam (APS) in partnership with Word Travels, as part of APS’s ten year anniversary. Thank you to the State Library of Queensland – who have done so much for slam in the past decade – for financially supporting QPF presenting this in 2016.


Throughout August 2016 there will be eight APS heats in Brisbane (x 2), Cairns, Ipswich, Gold Coast, Logan, Townsville and Moreton Bay as well as free workshops with some of the best spoken word artists in the land. Here is the full heat & workshop + final info:

  • Cairns Heat Wed 3rd August 7pm (63opm sign-up.) MC Adam Hadley
  • Cairns Workshop Wed 3rd August 4-6pm. Hosted by Adam Hadley.

Both the heat and workshop will be held The Tanks (Tank 5), Cairns


  • Brisbane (1) Heat Sat 6th August 430pm (4pm sign-up.) MC Adam Hadley
  • Brisbane Powerhouse, Turbine Platform. Featuring MKO Sun (Hannah Makk)

More info on this heat here


  • Brisbane Poetry Slam Masterclass Wed 3rd August 530pm-8pm, QLD Writers Centre

Hosted by Ruckus Slam. $25, limited places. Email: to book



  • Ipswich Heat Tues 9th August 7pm (630pm sign-up.) MC Meg Bartholomew
  • Ipswich Workshop Tues 9th August 4-6pm. Hosted by Meg Bartholomew

Both the heat and workshop will be held at Studio 188, 188 Brisbane St Ipswich


  • Moreton Bay Heat Wed 17th August 7pm (630pm sign up). MC TBC
  • Moreton Bay WorkshopWed 17th August 4-6pm. Hosted by TBC

Both the heat and workshop will be held at North Lakes Library, 10 the Corso


  • Logan Heat Sat 20th August 1pm (1230pm sign-up.) MC Ange Peita
  • Logan Workshop Sat 20th August 10am-12pm. Hosted by Ange Peita

Both the heat and workshop will be held at Logan Central Library



  • Townsville Heat Sat 20th August, time TBC. MC Scott Wings
  • Townsville Workshop Sat 20th August, time TBC. Hosted by Scott Wings

Both the heat and workshop will be held as part of the Townsville Cultural Festival

(please TCF website for final venue and times for heat + workshop)


  • Brisbane (2) Heat Wed 24th August 730pm (7pm sign-up). MC Ruckus Slam

$10 at door. Ruckus Slam at New Globe Theatre. 220 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley


  • Gold Coast Heat Wed 24th August 730pm (7pm sign-up). Feature poet Grace Taylor (NZ)

$5 at door. Dust Temple (at Hinge Gallery, 54 Currumbin Creek Rd)




Tickets $25 on sale HERE

SUN 28th AUGUST 530pm-730pm


MC Adam Hadley + special international festival guest TBA.

Tickest $25 on sale Fri 1st July via JWCOCA Box Office

Head here for the full APS 2016 slam rules


Supported by State Library of Queensland and ATSICHS




Presented in partnership with Word Travels


Huge thanks also to all our heat partners Brisbane Powerhouse, The Tanks (Cairns), Moreton Bay Regional Council, Townsville Cultural Festival, Ipswich City Council & Studio 188, Ruckus Slam, Logan City Library/Logan Council, Dust Temple (Gold Coast)

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