Get ready for some serious spoken word, Slam Poetry, with some of the big-name artists from the Melbourne circuit, joining Humans in Geelong. Slamalong in Geelong is brought to you by Kuranda Seyit director of the Forum on Australia’s Islamic Relations, who will host four bright voices of the slam poetry world; featuring Thabani Tshuma, Nour Abou-zeid, Rania Ahmed and Amanda Ansatasi.
Amanda Anastasi is a Melbourne poet whose work has been published in Best Australian Science Writing, Australian Poetry Journal, Griffith Review among others. She is two-time winner of the Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize. She is currently Poet in residence at the Monash Climate Change Communications Research Hub, where is writing poetry to raise awareness about climate change.
Thabani Tshuma is Zimbabwean born and raised, living abroad for the greater part of the last decade. His work is influenced by the myriad identity challenges of the diaspora, expatriates and immigrants, while also addressing awareness around addiction, mental health and generational trauma. He is ranked among the top 50 slam poets worldwide at IWPS 2019 and winner of the 2019 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize, People’s Choice and Conveners’ Choice awards.
Nour Abouzeid is a poet, spoken word artist and creative curator based in Melbourne, Australia. In addition to working with local artists, he has also performed in the UK, Malaysia and the USA. In 2010, he was the Victorian State Champion at the Australian Poetry Slam.
Rania Ahmed has been writing poetry since she was a young teenager, but only started pursuing it seriously two years ago when she became part of the west writer’s group at Footscray Art Centre. She features in many gigs organised by MSW (Melbourne Spoken Word).
We are looking forward to their performances on 5 December 2021 at 1pm at the Humans in Geelong Expo, in the Silks Dining Room, at the Geelong Racecourse! Whilst, they will be performing their individual poems, audience participation will be encouraged, and prizes will be awarded!