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Gran Slam

Gran Slam

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.

Touring History


Gran Slam 2022

Workshop Program

August - Oct


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Gran Slam LIVE

HOTA Home of the Arts, Redland Performing Arts Centre

1- 2 Oct


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Gran Slam LIVE

HOTA Home of the Arts

Oct 2021

Gran Slam 2020

Feros Care

July - Oct 2020

Gran Slam 2019

Feros Care

July - Oct 2019

"It’s made me quite emotional at times, quite reflective. It’s surprising what can happen when you just let yourself flow. This has restored in me the feeling that if I want to - I CAN!"

Barbara Hamilton 80yrs young from Robina Queensland

"One of the things that seniors often comment about is that they feel invisible. Gran Slam really puts them on the map and allows their voices, which are so important, to be heard."

Tarnya Sim Marketing and Creative Manager Feros Care

"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."

David Stavanger Poet and Workshop Facilitator

"Gran Slam Live was very a entertaining and heartwarming show. The host was brilliant, the musicians superb, the poetry heartfelt."

Kelvin Hutchinson Audience Member Gran Slam LIVE Oct 2021