OUTSPOKEN is supported by The Premier’s Fund for Social Cohesion which seeks to celebrate diversity and inspire people to stand up against divisive forces of fear, hate and violence. As a 4th generation Australian of Pakistani heritage raised in rural NSW, Zohab Khan has channelled his distinct life experiences into stories with the intent to educate. He confronts a range of social justice issues from racism to gender inequality and socio-economic disparities.

The 2014 Australian Poetry Slam Champion is back for a regional tour and workshop program that will inspire local audiences. Also along for the tour is Wagga local and emerging poet Jackie Okot and super talented jazz musician, Damian Evans.

Spoken word workshops for high school students are scheduled for each town, on the same day of the performance. OUTSPOKEN workshops will be 2 hours of performance activities followed by writing exercises designed to attain poetic techniques. Self-expression is the goal, with students producing a piece of work for performance. Participants from the workshop may also present their work during the evening performance.

“Zohab is an incredible teacher. He is humble, creative and has the most inspiring presence… Students, particularly young men, learn so much from his poetry and generosity.” – Dr. Tamryn Bennett, Education Manager of The Red Room

Please see the schedule, locations and booking forms below. Tickets are free for all events, but bookings are essential!

Evening performances:

OCT 3 – Arts Centre Cootamundra
OCT 4 – Athenium Theatre, Junee
OCT 5 – Town Hall Cinema, Temora
OCT 6 – NEST Cafe, Tumbarumba
OCT 7 – Riverina Playhouse, Wagga Wagga

Note: Doors open at 7pm for a 7:30pm start


OCT 3 – Arts Centre Cootamundra
OCT 4 – Junee Library
OCT 5 – Town Hall Cinema, Temora
OCT 6 – NEST Cafe, Tumbarumba
OCT 7 – Eastern Riverina Arts, Wagga Wagga

Note: workshops will run 3-5pm.