Gran Slam 2020

Everyone Now! and Feros Care present: A slam poetry project for bold seniors

Everybody NOW! And Feros Care present
Gran Slam Live 2020

A FREE, interactive spoken word event,
live streamed direct to the comfort of your own home.

27 November 2020 - 7PM to 8:30PM AEDT - Online via Vimeo

Register to watch

Hosted by award-winning comedian Jenny Wynter

Listen Up! A wild bunch of free-wheeling wordsmiths of wisdom are breaking into your lounge room.

This fully charged, provocative, entertaining and razor-sharp collective (who just happen to be between 60 and 99 years young) are ready to be heard and have a slam poem to lay down for you.

This BOLD affair will be hosted by award-winning comedian and cabaret artist, Jenny Wynter, with special guest appearances by Luka Lesson and Sarah Temporal with music by Gordon Hamilton and Tom Thum.

Get ready for a big Friday night IN, as these unsuspecting stars storm our virtual stage, raise the roof and share stories of life, freedom, skateboarding, loves, lost loves, lost keys, the comedy of biology, speeding fines, torn masts, dry rot and setting sail into a misty sea of metaphors!

Photo of Jenny Wynter

Event info

  • This is a digital event. After you register you will be sent an exclusive link which will allow you access to Gran Slam Live
  • At the scheduled time of the event you simply click the link and the event will be begin
  • You don't need to download any special programs - you just need access to the internet and a computer, laptop or iPad. Try and watch on a big screen
  • Please note the event times are 7PM – 8:30PM AEDT or 6PM – 7.30PM QLD time
Gran Slam Live - Free - 27 November - 7pm to 8:30pm AEDT - Register now

Why not make a night of it?!

Invite some friends around for a Gran Slam house party. Pour a beverage of your choice, don your most poetic attire and sit back with open minds and open hearts for a night of fine listening pleasure.

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What is Gran Slam Live?

Gran Slam LIVE is the culmination of an 8 week online workshop program where 40 seniors from across Queensland and New South Wales have been mentored weekly by spoken word artists and writers Luka Lesson and Sarah Temporal.

The participants have not only written several new pieces of their own but have also created two extraordinary, collaborative poems which have been lovingly crafted into two film clips accompanied by original music composed by internationally acclaimed musicians Gordon Hamilton and Tom Thum.

You'll be able to vote live as part of the digital event, as these poems go head to head in a state of origin battle with a difference.

This is the second year of Gran Slam and now more than ever we need to hear the voices of older Australians, amplified and visible to the world.

Gran Slam is a project by Everybody NOW! proudly supported by founding partners Feros Care.

Special guests

Jenny Wynter

Gran Slam Live Host

Luka Lesson

Team QLD Workshop Mentor

Sarah Temporal

Team NSW Workshop Mentor

Team QLD

Luka Lesson's class

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

Aaron Blomeley, 79

Chirn Park, QLD
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

Sarah Temporal's class

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

Max Harris, 65

Canowindra, NSW

Juliet Thomasson, 70

Bellingen, 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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