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Poetry Slam

Poetry Slam
Poetry Slam

The Famous Going West Festival 2016 Poetry Slam kicked off  in August with heats across Auckland. The Grand Final took place on September 10 in Titrangi.


The Grand Final Prizes

First prize $1000

Second prize $500

Third prize $300

This is where the spoken word hits the road in a fast-paced evening of competitive performance poetry with generous cash prizes. With courage to the fore, poets from all backgrounds and beliefs speak from the heart with passion, intelligence and a desire to tell their stories. It is powerful and, above all, immensely entertaining.

The 2016 winners are:

Winner Jennifer Rockwell, who came out of nowhere, to enter the final 4th heat on the night, her stunning, powerful, original, message based works, were backed up with soulful, confident performances.
2nd Place Michael Moore, again had such emotive works about both love and violence and his final performance was so powerful and heartfelt that it left both him and many audience members in tears.
3rd Place Onehau Strickland’s works were clever, witty, well crafted, personal and again exceptionally well performed.

Directed by Doug Poole, assisted by MC Zane Scarborough and guest judges Raewyn Alexander, Emma Neale and Rewa Worley.


Three finalists from each of four heats will compete in the Grand Final

Heat 1
Wednesday 31 August
6.30pm registration for a 7pm start
Te Pou Theatre
44a Portage Road, New Lynn (entry off McWhirter Place)

Heat 2
Monday 5 September
6.30pm registration for a 7pm start
MIT Faculty of Creative Arts
50 Lovegrove Crescent, Otara

Heat 3
Tuesday 6 September
Poetry Live at the Thirsty Dog
469 Karangahape Rd, Ponsonby.


Heat 4
Heat 4 will take place on the night of the Grand Slam Final, Saturday 10 September at the Titirangi War Memorial Hall. Register for this heat from 7.30pm for an 8pm start.
There are a limited number of registrations available for this heat.

Saturday 10 September
7.30pm registration for an 8pm start.
Titirangi War Memorial Hall.



Q- What are the prizes in heats?
Heat prizes are an Art Card, and Book Prize; 1st place winner gets an additional $50.00 Unity Books voucher.

Q- Are they open to public?
Yes, more the merrier!

Q- Who is judging?
Heats judge to be advised.

Q- How many rounds/poems to prepare?
1 round only in the heats (1 poem); 2 rounds in the Grand Final (2 poems)

Q- Are registrations open via email or just on the night?
Open via email and on the night :)

Q- Is the last heat going to be open for public?
Yes it is a hugely popular event for the Going West Book and Writers Festival, attracting sellout audiences.

Q- How many rounds in the finals?
2 Rounds – Round 1 final heat registrations and previous heat finalists compete – Round 2 – final round top five poets compete with a second poem

Q- How many poets?
20 poets

Q- If you are in the final heat and it is open to public – they will be hearing you twice, right?
No on the Final Heat – Grand final night you will be mixed in with other the finalists so everyone is heard for the first time.

Q- Who chooses the winner, the audience or judges?
The Heat and Grand Final judges for 2016 are Raewyn Alexander, Emma Neale and Rewa Worley.

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