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May Bankstown Poetry Slam ft. Omar Sakr

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Welcome to Australia's largest regular poetry slam! 

Our feature artist this month (for real this time, insha'Allah. And not like, Arab parent "insha'Allah we'll see if you can hang out with your friends insha'Allah" - for real insha'Allah!) is Omar Sakr! 

He's just launched his 3rd poetry collection, 'Non-Essential Work' and he's ready to share it with everyone at the Bankstown Poetry Slam this month. His book will be on sale, and he'll be doing book signings, reading his poetry, and just in general being amazing. 

His amazing bio >>

Omar Sakr is the son of Arab and Turkish Muslim migrants. He is the author of three poetry collections, including The Lost Arabs (UQP), which won the 2020 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Poetry, and a novel, Son of Sin (Affirm Press), published in 2022. His latest book is Non-Essential Work. He lives and works on Dharug land, where he was born and raised.

Our open mic is also... well, OPEN to anyone wants to come and read their work and be a part of the regular slam!

See you soon!

For rules on participating in the slam, please see below.

🍉 If you are intending to sign up to perform at the slam, please book a ticket and sign up to perform at the door. We are no longer offering free artist tickets but if you you have special circumstances/are experiencing financial difficulty and need tickets, please email us!

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🍉 Regular slam rules apply: No age restrictions/ 3 minute time limit/ no props or music/ poetry must be your original work.

🍉 The top 4 scoring artists will be granted a spot at the Grand Slam.

Poetry aficionados, appreciators of HipHop and literature that beats with a thunderous heart — you absolutely do not want to miss this!

Thank you to Outloud for their support in helping us make this event happen.

If anyone has any questions please feel free to ask away or email

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