Gran Slam is a community engagement project that gives voice to older Australians using the form of Slam Poetry.
The project is an opportunity for seniors – the original change makers and wordsmiths of wisdom – to write and perform poetry that moves and inspires. Gran Slam calls on passionate over 65’s with something important to say, a declaration to make, an opinion to be penned, a story to share.
Since the project was launched in 2019, eighty fearless seniors from across Queensland and New South Wales have taken a bold leap into the world of slam poetry under the mentorship and guidance of some of Australia’s most renowned performance poets.
Our vision is to amplify the voices of older Australians, to smash stereotypes of aging and provide a powerful platform for critical social connection, creativity and positive mental health and well being.
Annually Gran Slam presents a multi-faceted program including a mix of digital and in-real-life opportunities for participation from mentoring and workshops, through to live performances, events and publications.
We can partner with venues, festivals, local councils, aged care, businesses or other organisations to deliver Gran Slam opportunities to seniors across Australia.