Take a look at this short film about our ‘Word on the Street’ Poetry Slam from Youth Week 2021. Supported by the Inner West Council, Addi Road’s ‘Word on the Street’ featured Mel Ree and Ifeoma Obiegbu. They were followed by an open mic where young spoken-word performers stepped up along with older poets to create a rare inter-generational occasion. 

The best young performer (under 25) was judged by Sara Saleh from Bankstown Poetry Slam​. Sarah is the recent winner of the prestigious Peter Porter Poetry Prize and the Judith Wright Poetry Prize for ‘Border Control: Meditations’. It was an honour to have Sara present all evening, and a joy to hear her reflections on the work of all the performers.

First prize was a dead heat between Emily Radford and Cocoa the Conscious (pictured with Sarah Saleh on the left). They shared a generous book voucher donated by Better Read Than Dead​ in Newtown. Thanks to everyone who contributed, and to everyone who stepped up to the mic and spoke out and up on a great night of spoken word and poetry. Thanks too to Atticus Mordue for putting this video together.

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