Gran Slam Live

Part of FIRESIDE and Bleach* Festival 2021

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

Hosted by award-winning comedian Jenny Wynter, Gran Slam Live stars a razor-sharp collective of poets between 65 and 99 years young, who will battle it out to take home a cash and publishing prize.

Special guests include, Matt Hsu, a Taiwanese-Australian composer and musician who will create a one-man ‘Obscure Orchestra’ with instruments and sounds from around the world, providing a one-of-kind soundtrack to cheer on our one-of-a kind poets.

We also welcome David Stavanger, all-round legend of Australian spoken-word and Project Manager at Red Room Poetry alongside Tenzin Choegyal, renowned Tibetan musician and poetic elder himself.  Tenzin will premiere a brand-new piece commissioned by Red Room Poetry reflecting on his journey, wisdom, age and connection to his homeland Tibet from which he has been displaced from since the age of four.

Gran Slam Live promises to be an entertaining night out of musical delights, poetic storytelling, intimate reflections and hilarious insights into life, ageing, freedom, riding skateboards, setting sail into a misty sea of metaphors.

Interesting in getting involved? Check out our Gran Slam Meet Up and Masterclass

Friday 13 August

Lakeside Room
HOTA Home of the Arts

Time: 7PM


Adult $39 Concession $25

Event Info
Doors Open 6PM
Tickets via HOTA Home of the Arts  
Duration 90mins
Bar and food available to purchase


Gran Slam Live is presented by Everybody NOW!, HOTA Home of the Arts and Red Room Poetry as parts of HOTA’s Fireside series and Bleach* Festival 2021.

Gran Slam is a project by Everybody NOW! supported by founding partner Feros Care.
Gran Slam Live has been supported by Red Room Poetry as part of Australian Poetry Month, an initiative of Red Room Poetry.


Jenny Wynter


Jenny Wynter is an award-winning comedian who has performed at festivals and venues all over the world. She got her start training in improvised comedy with some of the greatest teachers in the world including with Second City USA and Loose Moose Theatre in Canada. 

Her awards include Best Variety Show at United Solo Festival NYC, the Award for Excellence in Cabaret at Melbourne Fringe She won the ABC iView Pitch Perfect Award for her web series concept “Viking Mama!” (based on her live show of the same name), and is a Green Room Award nominee for Best Cabaret Writing. 

Jenny is a passionate mental health advocate and the founder of Funny Mummies (TM).

Matt Hsu

Matt Hsu creates a curious world of intricately crafted music, made with odd instruments and rethought everyday objects. His music draws on his Taiwanese-Australian roots, shaped by a childhood stint as a Buddhist monk, touring with Japanese loop ninja Kenta Hayashi, co-founding folk-punk band The Mouldy Lovers, immersion into street jazz in New Orleans, and love of cinematic scores. 

Matt has composed and performed for TEDx, Brisbane Festival, Bigsound, La Boite Theatre Company, and is a 2020 Queensland Music Award winning composer and multi-instrumentalist for his project ‘Matt Hsu’s Obscure Orchestra’.