Gran Slam Meet up and Masterclass


Emerging older poets are invited to polish up your performance skills with guidance and top tips from all-round legend of Australian spoken-word and Project Manager at Red Room Poetry, David Stavanger.

This masterclass is targeted at previous Gran Slam participants and new curious minds over the age of seventy, who are interested in improving their slam performance delivery skills and already have some basic experience. 

Bring a short piece (no longer then 2mins in delivery) that you would like to explore further. 

The workshop is supported by Red Room Poetry, a national organisation dedicated to making poetry in meaningful ways, as part of their National Poetry Month in August.

Interesting in getting involved? Secure your spot by emailing 

Thursday 12th August

Location: HOTA Home of the Arts Theatre 2

Time: 1pm – 4pm

Followed by an invitation for a drink at the Exhibitionist Bar
Cost: FREE
Event Info
Tickets via
Duration 3 hours


Presented by Everybody NOW!, HOTA Home of the Arts and Red Room Poetry.
Gran Slam is a project by Everybody NOW! supported by founding partner Feros Care. 

Poetry Month is an initiative of Red Room Poetry to increase the profile of Australian poetry, poets and publishers.

Everybody NOW! are supported by The City of Gold Coast and are a proud Home Company at HOTA Home of the Arts.



David Stavanger is poet, performer, cultural producer, editor and former psychologist with lived mental health experience. His poetry has been widely published in journals, anthologies and newspapers. In 2013 he won the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, resulting in the release of The Special (2014, UQP), his first full-length collection of poetry which was also awarded the 2015 Wesley Michel Wright Poetry Prize.  David was Co-Director of QLD Poetry Festival 2015-2017 and David co-directed Queensland Poetry Festival (2015-2017) and is a Senior Project Manager at Red Room Poetry. He is the co-editor of Australian Poetry Journal 8.2 Spoken, Rabbit 27 Tense, The Moth Autumn 2020 (Ireland, first international guest poetry editor) and SOLID AIR: Collected Australian & New Zealand Spoken Word (UQP, 2019.) His newly released collection is Case Notes (UWAP, 2020). David sometimes performs as Green Room-nominated spoken word artist Ghostboy. 

He is also well known for his work as a workshop facilitator in schools and with several community writing projects that amplify marginalised voices and lived experience writers including Brotherhood of the Wordless (writers with autism precluded from speech), School of Hard Knocks – Word on the Street (writers with mental health and/or substance abuse issues), MAD Poetry (writers with lived mental health experience), and GranSlam! (a writing and performance project for emerging senior writers aged seventy and over.)