RN Poetry Idol Tonight

Eight poets representing each Australian state and territory are warming up their vocal chords to fight it out for the title of Australia’s #1 poetry ‘slammer’.

At 8.35 (AEST) tonight, Radio National’s ‘The Deep End’ hosts the grand final of Australia’s first National Poetry Slam.

The program has judged recordings and live poetry slams from around the country. In the grand final, each competitor has two minutes to seduce listeners with their words, taunt them with their talent and pack a punch with their poems.

Then, listeners can vote for their favourite ‘slammer’ at: abc.net.au/rn/slam

Poetry slams are an international performance phenomenon. Started in a Chicago jazz club in 1986, slams were created to make poetry more exciting for a broader audience. They are a fast, feisty and frenetic way of delivering poetry.

The competitiveness of battling it out with words makes for very lively entertainment – a way to show what you have in a short time.

The Deep End is Radio National’s arts and new music program with Vicki Kerrigan. Tonight, our best poets will compete to be The Deep End National Poetry Slam Winner of 2004.

Voting closes on Wednesday 1 December and can be done on line at: abc.net.au/rn/slam

If you missed hearing the finalists or want to listen again, you can also access the audio on line.