Frequently Asked Questions - Gran Slam 2020

Q) What is Slam Poetry?
A) Slam poetry is a form of performance poetry that combines the elements of performance, writing, competition, and audience participation. It is performed at events called poetry slams, or simply slams. The name slam came from how the audience has the power to praise or, sometimes, destroy a poem and from the high-energy performance style of the poets.

Q) Is this for me? I already have some writing experience in other forms of poetry/creative writing. OR I have no writing experience at all but have always been interested. OR I just love to try different things. 
A) Yes, to all of the above! Our excellent facilitators will be able to tailor the workshops to a diverse group. We guarantee you that you will get something out of the process and learn a new thing or two. Importantly, what our previous participants tell us that they loved the most was connecting with their peers and the lead poets in a fun and joyful learning environment. 

Q) I thought Slam Poetry was ‘rapping’
A) We’re not going to make you into rapping grannies, although you can if you want! Slam and spoken word poetry is very diverse and while there are poetic structures and a rhythmic style of delivery that many associate with Slam poetry, the heart of the style is about individual expression. Slam poetry does have a connection to hip hop culture and slam performances can often include musical accompaniments. Slam can often be fuelled by power and passion but we know this punch is something older people have in spades. 

Q) What is ZOOM and how do I use it?
A) ZOOM is a video communications platform that enables conference calls via a computer or a smartphone. The will need access to the internet and ideally a desktop or laptop computer. Each Gran Slam participant will receive digital support and technology training to ensure they are familiar with the online platform prior to the workshops. Don’t let the technology stop you – we are here to help! 

Q) Why not face to face? 
A) While COVID 19 restrictions are starting to ease in some states, the current state of the pandemic is still unfolding. We know that many older Australians are in higher risk categories and we want to make sure that everyone is kept safe during this time. However, creativity is not cancelled and connection is key! This is a great project to express yourself, to connect with others and have a great time, while still in your own home. 

Q) What part of QLD or NSW are eligible to register 
A) Any! The great thing about going online is that we can reach you anyway, as long as you have access to a computer and a good internet connection. 

Q) What age can participate in Gran Slam?

A) To be eligible for Gran Slam you must be 70 years of age or older.

For more information on Gran Slam 2020, click here to visit the event page

Gram Slam is a project by Everybody NOW! made possible by founding partners Feros Care

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Everybody NOW acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we live, learn and work. We offer our respect to Elders past, present and future; and to all First Nations people whose sovereignty was never ceded.

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