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Gran Slam, Teens and Seens

Gran Slam – ‘Seens & Teens’

An Inter-generational Slam Poetry Program for Teenagers and Seniors

Calling all curious and courageous wordsmiths of wisdom aged over 65-years young!

We’re seeking 15 dynamic seniors to join creative forces with 15 teenagers as part of our new intergenerational Slam Poetry Program, Gran Slam ‘Teens and Seens’.

Building on Gran Slam‘s success since 2019, this new program, guided by acclaimed poet Joel Mckerrow, promises a poetic adventure for the brave and young of heart!

Seniors from across the Gold Coast will come together with teenagers from Somerset College for three specially designed poetry masterclasses, before taking to the stage alongside internationally renowned sound bending beat boxer, Tom Thum as part of Somerset Storyfest.

The free workshops will include tips and tools for igniting your imagination, crafting poems, and boosting confidence.

No experience is required – just enthusiasm to have a go, a desire to learn new skills and connect with your peers and young people in a fun, creative and social environment.

Gran Slam ‘Teens and Seens’ is designed to smash stereotypes of age and aging, bringing generations together to pen their passions, share their stories and collectively articulate their aspirations for the future through the power of poetry and spoken word performance.

Workshops not for you but want to come see the show?! Gran Slam LIVE info here.

General Event Info

  • Particpants are required to attend 3 xworkshops & 1 x Performance
  • Workshops are free thanks to support from Somerset Storyfest and RISE Funding
  • Light refreshments will be provided
  • Workshops will be held on Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 March and Sunday 24 March | 10am – 2pm
  • Gran Slam Live Performances will be held on Tuesday 26 March | 5.30pm – 7.30pm & Wednesday 27 March | 11.15am – 12.15pm
  • For more info or general enquiries contact


Somerset Storyfest & Everybody NOW!

Saturday 2 March, Sunday 3 March, Sunday 24 March

Somerset College, Somerset Dr, Mudgeeraba


10:00am - 2:00pm



"I can't stop writing - the words just keep coming to me! You don't know yourself what you can do until you participate in a project like this - and that is an important discovery - especially at this age."


"There might be a perception that the only writing older people do is their will and letters to the editor, but Gran Slam has challenged those tropes, the stereotypes, the ideas, the limitations that society put on older people"


"What a growth Gran Slam has added to my life! I lost so many inhibitions and have emerged so much braver and ready for anything."


“Through Gran Slam I have become confident to voice my thoughts to family and friends.”



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)