Gran Slam 2020

Gran Slam is a performance poetry project aimed at seniors, and it’s proving that the wordsmiths of wisdom still have a lot to say – and they're not afraid to say it!

The project has been reimagined in 2020 to reach more poetic seniors who are ready to step up to the soap box and slam – slam poetry, that is. This year, seniors from New South Wales and Queensland went head to head after attending virtual poetry masterclasses under the guidance of poets Sarah Temporal and Luka Lesson. The culmination of these classes – a slam-off, if you please – streamed live on 27 November 2020.

Gran Slam is a collaboration between Feros Care and performance producer Everybody NOW, an organisation that shares our commitment to smashing stereotypes and supporting communities to live bolder lives.

Behind the scenes

The poets behind Gran Slam show us that people from all walks of life can express their voices through slam poetry. Through poetry, some find parts of themselves, while others lose themselves in the craft. These incredible Gran Slammers are not afraid to dig deep, and to show the world what they’re capable of.

Team QLD

Beyond the Storm

Read 'Beyond the Storm'

Team mentor

Luka Lesson

Team QLD Workshop Mentor

Gran Slammers

Aaron Blomeley, 80

Chirn Park, QLD
2019 Gran Slam Alumni

Kat Adams, 66

Cairns, QLD

Margaret Sparks, 77

Broadbeach, QLD
2019 Gran Slam Alumni

Louis Weir, 72

Palm Beach, QLD

Margaret Clifford, 74

Kangaroo Point, QLD

Kathryn Boorman, 73

Suffolk Park, Byron Bay

Lilith Rocha, 78

Suffolk Park, Byron Bay
2019 Gran Slam Alumni

Anne Carlin, 66

Palm Beach, QLD

Barbara Hamilton, 80

Robina, Gold Coast

Daniele Lamarche-Sarvia, 66

Clontarf, QLD

Robbie Wesley, 73

Murwillumbah, NSW
2019 Gran Slam Alumni

Jan Flower, 81

Main Beach, Gold Coast

Margo Knox, 71

Coombabah, Gold Coast

Axel Bosselmann, 71

Charters Towers, QLD

Valerie Frost, 71

Labrador, QLD

Julie Crow, 78

Suffolk Park, NSW
2019 Gran Slam Alumni

Team NSW

The Citizenry

Read 'The Citizenry'

Team mentor

Sarah Temporal

Team NSW Workshop Mentor

Gran Slammers

Max Harris, 65

Canowindra, NSW

Beth Jessup, 70

Mona Vale, NSW

Rob Gibson, 70

Byron Bay, NSW

Margaret Cunningham, 71

Pottsville, NSW

Helen Amos, 83

Sawtell, NSW

Joy Griffin, 82

Coffs Harbour, NSW

Peggy Mills, 87

Bangalow, NSW

Nina Milenko Marzi, 99

Byron Bay, NSW
2019 Gran Slam Alumni

Amber Alley, 66

Lismore, NSW

Juliet Thomasson, 70

Bellingen, NSW

Alan Harkness, 88

Byron Bay, NSW
2019 Gran Slam Alumni

Wendy Chub, 89

Bangalow, NSW

Ann White, 84

Bangalow, NSW
What last year's Gran Slam poets had to say
  • 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
    New South Wales
  • I couldn't find fault from start to finish. The experience was something I will always cherish & am sincerely grateful to be given this amazing opportunity!
    Ruth Savage, 72 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
    New South Wales
  • This project gave me a voice. What a wonderful opportunity for learning new skills and challenging myself to overcome fears.
    Julie Crow, 77 years
    New South Wales
  • 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
    New South Wales

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