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September Canberra Slam Ft. Rachael Williams

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Canberra Slam aims to be the Capital’s home for Stories and Spoken Word.

Join us for our September Slam featuring and incredible Dharawal based performance poet, Rachael Williams!

Rachael Williams is a spoken-word poet, university student, nanny and writer living on stolen Dharawal country on the NSW South Coast. She grew up on Darkinjung country on the NSW Central Coast, and started performing spoken-word when she was 16 at Will Small’s ‘SpeakUP’ slam in Gosford.

She was an Australian Poetry Slam Sydney finalist in 2018, and in the same year became a published poet in the ‘Street Poets’ alongside Andrew Cox. Since then, she has featured and performed at Enough Said Poetry Slam, Bankstown Poetry Slam, West Side Poetry Slam, Bread and Butter Poetry Slam in Newtown, and Yours and Owls festival.

She takes pride in writing and performing poems based in queerhood, girlhood, boyhood, mental health, religion, and social justice. Her life’s work is in writing herself out of her head and into the world, into your future favourite films, musicals and books. She drinks Stone & Wood beers and when her phone dies, she texts herself romantic one liners from her friend’s phones.





NOTE: This event is ticketed with limited capacity, grab a ticket so you don't miss out! 


For those new to slam, a slam looks like …

🎤 A round of open mic performances.

🎤 Judges, who are randomly selected from the audience and a winner announced at the end of the night.

🎤 There will be a feature poet set from a nationally recognised performer.


Canberra Slam is a safe space.

All are welcomed and encouraged to share their stories, no matter what race, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious belief or diversity in experience.

Invite your friends, family, unwilling housemate or random you once went on a date with – anyone who can click basically, we’re growing and would love any support we can get!



Highroad, (1 Woolley St, Dickson)

A minute walk from a tram stop!

There will be a full bar available with cocktails, house beers, wine, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages.



Friday 29th September 2023

Doors open and performer sign up from 6:00PM

Performances start at 7:00PM.


📌 FAQs📌

What is a slam performance?

🎤 Anything really – (2 minute time limit this month) feel free to share an original poem, a story, a rap, rant or monologue, slam is just you and the microphone.

How do I sign up to perform?

🎤 You can sign up when you buy a ticket, selecting the Open Mic ticket option, OR if you muster up the courage later and theres still space you can sign up at the door. Spots will be open until filled up – we’d love to have you!

Is there an entry fee?

🎤 We have a tiered ticketing system from $10 (+ an extra donation if you're feeling generous!) – this will go towards growing Canberra’s slam community, booking feature artists, covering ground costs and booking bigger events.

What if I can't afford the entry fee? 

🎤 We'd love for this event to be accessible to all, if you have special circumstances or experiencing financial difficulty, shoot us an email at and we'll try to sort you out! 

So what’s the deal with the timings?

🎤 Doors open at 6:00 pm, bring some friends, find a table, get a drink or sign up to perform. Performances will start at 7:00 pm.

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