Gran Slam is here – Join the Slam Poetry Revolution – Seniors Style!  Register now… and if you don’t quite make the age but know someone who does – nominate them! Gran Slam is a community engagement project, designed by Everybody NOW! that aims to amplify the voices of older Australians, to smash stereotypes of aging and provide a platform for critical social connection, creativity and positive mental health and wellbeing.

No experience is necessary, just be 65+ with passion and enthusiasm to have a go.  If this sounds like you, join a wild bunch of free-wheeling wordsmiths of wisdom as they hit the stage for a slam poetry event with a difference.

Executive Producer Kate Baggerson said, “While creatively and expression is at the heart of GRAN SLAM it’s also very much about connection and wellbeing.  Our GRAN SLAM participants step out of their comfort zone, challenge themselves, make new friends, explore their creatively and all the while smashing some stereotypes of ageing along the way.”

Not too sure about face to face events? Well there is also GRAN SLAM Digital– a FREE 6-week online program to be held throughout August and September which includes weekly group workshops with the lead poet, a closed Facebook participant support group, an online open mic night and the opportunity to perform your poems at special live events.

“I can’t stop writing – the words just keep coming to me! You don’t know yourself what you can do until you participate in a project like this – and that is an important discovery” Nina Marzi (Previous participant – 98 years)

Vincent Gran Slam Live Image By Scott Belzner

Participation is open to seniors from across Australia, but for those living in South-East Queensland and surrounds, there are face-to-face masterclasses. 

Then to kick off Queensland Seniors Month there will be two GRAN SLAM LIVE events – one at HOTA Home of the Arts and the other at Redland Performing Arts Centre (ticketed). Hosted by award-winning comedian Jenny Wynter, with special guest Aussie Hip Hop legend, MorganicsGRAN SLAM Live features comedy, music, and poetry that will have you laughing, cheering and left in awe, as our razor-sharp collective of poetic stars battle it out with their intimate reflections and hilarious insights into life, ageing, freedom and everything in between.

What:               GRAN SLAM Digital Workshop Free 6-week program 

When:              3 Aug to 7 September

Where:             Registration essential via


What:               GRAN SLAM Live                    What:          GRAN SLAM Live

When:              Saturday 1 Oct                         When:         Sunday 2 Oct

Where:             HOTA (Gold Coast)                  Where:        Redlands Performing Arts Centre

Tickets:            $25 on sale 29 July                Tickets:       $25 on sale now

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