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Seniors invited to take part in ‘Gran Slam’ poetry workshop

It’s the age-old practice revived with a modern twist and now 15 seniors will have a chance to be a part of the slam poetry revolution under the guidance of an expert poet and literary performer.

Award winning and widely published poet and writer David Stavanger will lead a series of free poetry workshops as part of a new initiative called Gran Slam.

Organisers are calling out for participants aged 70 and over from the Gold Coast and Northern Rivers region who are interested in learning how to write and perform slam poetry.


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The project, a collaboration between performance producers, Everybody NOW and aged-care provider, Feros Care, will culminate in a performance that will be captured on film and screened at a bespoke event at the Byron Writers Festival.

Feros Care’s Marketing and Communications consultant Tarnya Sim said no experience was necessary and any seniors interested in participating should get in touch now.

“The idea of Gran Slam is to give a voice to the ideas, opinions, vision and experiences of older Australians,” she said.

“We’re looking for people with a declaration to make, a voice to be heard, an opinion to be penned.

“You don’t have to be an experienced wordsmith, you just have to have an enthusiasm and desire to learn new skills and collaborate with a professional arts team to create something you can be proud of.”

Everybody NOW’s Executive Producer Kate Baggerson said ‘slam’ was a style of rhythmic performance poetry that can move and inspire both the writer and audience.

“Slam poetry has the passion and punch that we know older people have in spades,” she said.

“Working with lead poet David Stavanger and our creative team, the participants will have access to a wealth of knowledge that will ensure their final performance is a success – no matter what their previous experience.”

The Gran Slam workshops will be held on the southern Gold Coast. Participants need to be available  on June 29 – 30 and July 13 – 14 and will be invited to attend a screening at the Byron Writers Festival on Thursday August 1st. For more information, and to register visit: feroscare.com.au/granslam

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