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Everybody NOW! and Feros Care present


A Free slam poetry workshop for bold seniors



After a huge success in 2019, Gran Slam is back, re-imagined in 2020 to reach more wordsmiths of wisdom and poetic seniors who are ready to step up to the soapbox and slam – slam poetry that is.

Gran Slam 2020 invites seniors from across Queensland and New South Wales to take part in a series of free online workshops, culminating in a live-streamed slam poetry event. 


Under the guidance of an expert poet and literary performer, participants will;

  • Learn how to write and perform slam poetry to move and inspire

  • Explore tools and receive advice for crafting a great poem that can be expressed through spoken word.

  • Go head to head as our Queensland and New South Wales poets battle it out alongside special guests as part of the live-streamed event.  

No experience is necessary, just passion and enthusiasm to have a go!


The workshops are fun, inclusive, inspiring and a great chance to come together as strangers and leave as friends, slamming down a few stereotypes along the way.

Now more than ever we need to hear the voices of older Australians, amplified and visible to the world. 
Limited spots are available, so get in quick to ensure you are a part of this unique opportunity.

Gran Slam 2020 is an 8-week program through September and October, including

  • Fortnightly group workshops with the lead poet

  • Closed facebook participant support

  • Online open mic night and,

  • The creation of a poetry film clip to be featured in the live streamed slam event.



"What a growth Gran Slam has added to my life! I am able to see poetry in everything. I lost so many inhibitions and have emerged so much braver and ready for anything." Wendy Taylor, 80 years

"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 – 98 years

"This project gave me a voice. What a wonderful opportunity for learning new skills and challenging myself to overcome fears" Julie Crow – 77 years

"The whole Gran Slam experience was very, very special. I don't know when I last felt so nurtured and cared for." Robbie Wesley – 72 years

Gran Slam Information


Writing workshops with the lead poet will take place fortnightly.

The alternative weeks will be a variety of online activities leading to the live-streamed event.

Duration - 4 x 90-minute workshops

Queensland Writing Workshops with Luka Lesson

Tue 8 Sep, 10:30am - 12pm

Tue 22 Sep, 10:30 am - 12pm

Tue 6 Oct, 10:30am - 12pm

Tue 20 Oct, 10:30am - 12pm

New South Wales Writing Workshops with Sarah Temporal

Fri 11 Sep, 10:30am - 12pm

Fri 25 Sep, 10:30am - 12pm

Fri 9 Oct, 10:30am - 12pm 

Fri 23 Oct, 10:30am - 12pm

Livestream event dates featuring QLD and NSW groups

Friday 30th October - Online Open Mic Night

Week of the 23 November -  Live Streamed Event (Details to be confirmed)

Online via ZOOM video conferencing. You will need access to the internet and a computer.
Assistance and digital support will be provided to all participants.


REGISTER - Click below to register for Gran Slam 2020


Frequently Asked Questions

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QLD Workshop Host


Luka Lesson
Luka Lesson is an Australian poet of Greek Heritage, his work engages with the mythology of his Greek homeland, the fiercely political and the vulnerably self-reflective. Luka is an Australian Poetry Slam Champion, has performed with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and has poems being studied in curriculums and educations programs across Australia. Luka has toured with Akala (UK), Nahko and Medicine for the People (USA), Tiki Taane (NZ) and Dr Cornel West (USA).

NSW Workshop Host

Sarah Temporal
Sarah Temporal is a prize-winning poet and educator from the Northern Rivers NSW. Her work combines the immediacy of slam poetry with finely-honed craft and sensitivity. She has performed poetry Australia-wide and has delivered workshops and poetry slams at schools, festivals and online. Sarah initiated and runs Poets Out Loud, a community arts initiative which empowers people of all ages through the spoken word. Her debut poetry collection is currently in development.

2019 Gran Slam Highlights

Behind the scenes

Gran Slam is a project by Everybody NOW! in partnership with Feros Care.

Everybody NOW! is supported by the City of Gold Coast.