Poets set to slam in rhyme time
MAESTROS of music - poets, hip hop freestylers and word artists - will take the microphone on Thursday night for a special competition heat of the Woodford Folk Festival's WordFood Slam.
Slam poetry is a live spoken word competition covering all forms, such as poetry, hip hop and theatre, where each entrant "slams" their words for two minutes to a live audience.
Queensland slam master David "Ghostboy" Stavanger will host the night from 6.30pm and the event is open to anyone who would like to give it a try.
The Ipswich heat will feature performances by renowned Brisbane singer Skye Staniford.
Tourism and Libraries Committee chairman David Pahlke said council was keen to encourage and support all forms of poetry.
"This event is just another way for the Ipswich Poetry Feast to promote literary expression and showcase the talents of local residents," Cr Pahlke said.
He said Queensland was now home to an active slam poetry movement led by Ghostboy, who won the prestigious Performance Poetry World Cup in 2005 and was runner-up in 2007.
"He is currently working hard to establish himself as one of Australia's most innovative performance and spoken word artists," Cr Pahlke said.
"Ghostboy is also the co-ordinator of two of the nation's biggest slam events, in the Australian Poetry Slam (Queensland heats and final) and the WordFood slam and spoken word showcase that is held as part of the Woodford Folk Festival.
"Ipswich has hosted a heat leading up to the WordFood slam each year since 2006."
The Ipswich heat will be held at The Squealing Pig (Federal Hotel) at 214 Brisbane St, Ipswich.
The first 16 people to sign up from 6.30pm can compete in the slam heat which starts at 7pm.
The top four performers will go through to represent Ipswich at the final at the Woodford Folk Festival on New Year's Eve, where they will compete for $1000 and the perpetual slam trophy.