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Gran Slam LIVE!

Listen Up! A wild bunch of free-wheeling wordsmiths are hitting the stage for a slam poetry event with a difference.

Hosted by award-winning performance poet Joel Mckerrow alongside internationally renowned sound bending beat boxer, Tom Thum, Gran Slam Teens and Seens brings together an unlikely collective of razor-sharp teenagers and seniors.

Get ready to witness the business as they mic drop their hot-off-the-press poems, created in recent workshops, where they have honed their performance and poetry skills, and are now ready to battle it out to a lively audience and be in the running to take home a cash and publishing prize. 

Get ready to be moved and inspired at this entertaining event as you cheer along these wordsmiths of wisdom! 

Tues 26 March and Wed 27 March 2024
Tickets are now on sale!

General Event Info

  • The evening performance ticket price of $35 includes pre-show drink and nibbles
  • The daytime performance on Wed 27 March is designed for group bookings from schools (grades 8 - 10) and aged care, retirement or seniors social groups

Gran Slam LIVE Seens & Teens

Somerset Storyfest & Everybody NOW!

Tuesday 26 March

Somerset College, Somerset Dr, Mudgeeraba

Time

5.30pm – 7.30pm

Pricing

$35

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Wednesday 27 March

Somerset College, Somerset Dr, Mudgeeraba

Time

11.15am – 12.15pm

Pricing

$8

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Gran Slam Live was honest, humous and emotional all rolled into one great show. I love it!

Audience Member HOTA, Home of the Arts 2021

Artists

Joel McKerrow

Joel McKerrow is an award winning writer, keynote speaker, creativity specialist, children’s author, educator and, having performed for hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world, is one of Australia’s most successful performance poets.

Joel has released seven spoken word/music albums, six published books of poetry and has his first Junior Fic/Graphic novel, URBAN LEGEND HUNTERS due for release with Larrikin House in April 2024.

Joel is the artist Ambassador for the aid and development organisation TEARFUND Australia, is on teaching staff at the Melbourne Young Writers Studio and is the co-founder/host of the The Deep Place: On Creativity and Spirituality Podcast. He was the third ever Australian representative at the Individual World Poetry Slam Championships in the USA, the co-founder of community arts organisation, ‘The Centre for Poetics and Justice’ and the host of the Australian National Poetry Slam for the State of Victoria (2017-2019).

Joel is currently the Director of The School for Creative Development and works extensively with students, writers and creatives of all types to help them develop their creative practice.

Tom Thum

With his live performance videos amassing over half a billion combined plays, Tom Thum’s pedigree in the world of beat boxing is unrivalled. After witnessing a Tom Thum show, you’d swear there’s a symphony orchestra, jazz band, techno

DJ, 80’s synth pop group and collection of exotic world instruments all residing somewhere in his throat.

ʻTom Thum appears to have swallowed an entire orchestra and several backing singersʼ – The Guardian (UK)

Propelled to Internet stardom with his 2013 TEDx performance at the Sydney Opera House, Tom’s 15-minute showcase quickly became the highest viewed TEDx video of all time with over 78+ million views and counting. Now recognised worldwide for his obscure talent to warp and manipulate his vocal cords, Tom Thum continues to prove no sound is safe from this musical phenomenon.

As an ever-evolving artist, Tom’s finger is constantly on the pulse for new creations that are more often than not,
bordering on the unimaginable. It’s because of this unparalleled drive for artistic ingenuity, what most people see as impossible, Tom Thum sees as a challenge.

From creating the world’s first “human synthesized band” for Google, to conducting a beatbox endoscopy live at TEDx, perhaps the best example of Tom’s natural instinct for bending limitations is his “beatbox meets orchestra” project, simply titled Thum Prints. Partnering with world renowned composer Gordon Hamilton, Thum Prints is the world’s first 60-minute beat box concerto, providing an audio juxtaposition to the delight of audiences across the globe.

From Mumbai to Cologne to Kuala Lumpur, the duo’s “Beat Box Concerto” continues to leave audiences in awe, with
their often bizarre, but always entertaining performances. Teaming up with some of the world’s finest symphony
orchestra’s, Thum Prints has also made it onto the stage for the world’s most celebrated Classical music festival – The BBC Proms.

Working his way across the globe, Tom Thum seems to be in constant demand. With his vocal talents being sought out
by Pepsi, Roadshow Entertainment, Audi, Virgin Australian and Sennheiser (to name a few), Tom demonstrated time and time again, that his sound is truly world class.

Not one to ever slow his creative pace, Tom has recently been bunkered down in development on several new projects including another world first; an online beat box masterclass series. Add to that, a children’s book in the works, as well as the first human made beat box drum sample library and you’ll get an idea of just how prolific he is.

So strap in wherever you are and watch Tom’s star continue to rise.

ʻThere are not enough superlatives to describe the wonder of this beatboxing virtuosoʼ – The Daily Telegraph (UK)

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