Virtual to Actual – Crafting the slam poets of the future

Virtual to Actual

Eastern Riverina Arts & Southern Tablelands Arts are offering young poets an opportunity to be part of the Virtual to Actual Performance Poetry project.

Budding poets aged 13-18 years old and living within the Eastern Riverina Region – Bland, Coolamon, Cootamundra-Gundagai, Junee, Lockhart, Temora, Snowy Valleys and Wagga Wagga – can sign up to join local performance poet Jackie Okot for a series of online weekly ZOOM poetry sessions.

The free ZOOM workshops are free and will provide a chance to work on your writing, performance techniques and develop live and online poetry events such as poetry slams and open mic sessions.

Sessions run 5.30-6.30pm weekly from TUES 27 October 2020. A second term of workshops will also be offered in early 2021, after which organisers hope face to face workshop may be possible.

Each young Eastern Riverina poet will be supported to attend the Jugiong Writers Festival to watch their mentors perform live.

About Jackie Okot – Eastern Riverina Mentor (pictured above): Jackie Atim Okot is an emerging Poet/Spoken Word artist from Wagga Wagga. After bursting onto the local scene last year she continues to go from strength to strength having being chosen to support former Australian Poetry Slam winner Zohab Khan on his regional tour. Jackie received a Variety Heart scholarship which has allowed her to publish a number of her works in a collaborative project with a number of other local artists and is undertaking a mentorship curated by Eastern Riverina Arts to develop her creative practice, which has seen her attend workshops at the Sydney Writers Festival. Most recently she was invited as the feature artist to the Mother Tongue Multilingual showcase in Canberra and co MC’d Wagga Wagga’s Fusion Festival in 2018.

Other project mentors include Wynne Beard and Andrew Galan (below).

Virtual to Actual Performance Poetry is possible through a partnership between Southern Tablelands Art, Eastern Riverina Arts, Jugiong Writers Festival and Southern Highlands Writers Festival.


Feature image: Jackie Okot