The Amnesty Eye For An Eye Slam was a raging success. The atmosphere at the Basement was electric with over two hundred people crammed into every corner. Awed silence awaited amazing performances from a diverse mix of slam poets, and our special guest Abe received a wild ovation. The night was a thoughtful and impassioned exploration of justice and responsibility.
“What was truly amazing though was how cathartic the whole affair was. Every person who got up on that stage poured his or her heart out.”
Check out this great write up in Backyard Opera
Amnesty International & Word Travels join forces to present a very special poetry slam. Poets are invited to explore the theme of ‘an eye for an eye’ at the legendary Basement on 10 April in response to Amnesty International’s recent campaign to raise awareness about capital punishment.
The event will feature Sudanese refugee and nationally acclaimed poet Abe Nouk. Abe fled the prospect of becoming a child soldier in his native Sudan and arrived illiterate in Australia. He is now settled in Melbourne and last year took third place in the Australian Poetry Slam. He will soon be releasing his first book and was featured on the ABC’s 7.30 Report.
The event will be hosted by Word Travels’ Creative Director, the inimitable Miles Merrill, and feature Zohab Khan, NSW Slam Champion 2012. Both Miles and Zohab are seasoned performers and have delivered workshops across the country and in the justice system.
The gig is open to the public and anyone is welcome to jump up on the microphone. Entry is free for participants, who are invited to tackle the theme ‘an eye for an eye’ with two minute poems. They will compete for $100 cash with random audience members judging on the night. Performers should register in advance HERE.
Entry is a $10 donation to Amnesty International and all audience members will receive free Amnesty show bags.