School Slam          Poets @ School


once again we organised a poetry competition for pupils at austrian secondary schools. prizes were books and book vouchers, a chance to perform at the vienna lit festival 2008 and festival passes to attend all festival events for free. the austrian commission for UNESCO was our patron for the school slam.
the starting point for the competition was the poem “my grandmother” by scottish writer jackie kay.
here you can download worksheets:
students were encouraged to write their own poems in response to jackie kay’s poem. from all the written entries we received, 18 students were chosen to recite their texts at the vienna lit school slam 2008 in front of our festival audience. a professional jury assessed these performances and elected the winners. what mattered was not just the written text but also the quality of the performance (how lively, convincing, gripping… it is).

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vienna lit organised a poetry competition for students at secondary schools. the participants took John Siddique's list poem "YES" as inspiration for writing a kind of counter poem (“NO”). we chose the most interesting texts to be read/performed at our SCHOOL SLAM at the vienna lit festival on the 14th october 2006. The standard of the texts and performances was amazing and the atmosphere was wonderful - see our pictures.

here you can download worksheets to go with our book publication vienna views, a collection of stories and poems about vienna, written by people who have come to the city from different cultural backgrounds. click here for more information on vienna views.

Poets @ School

Our Poets @ School workshops feature renowned English-speaking authors and poets and consist of readings and/or storytelling, interactive discussions as well as the creative production of texts.
Vienna Lit has worked with various artists in the past, including...

Joe Brennan

is an Irish story-teller and a natural communicator, very much at ease with any audience. He has told stories in schools, libraries, nursing homes and community locations across Ireland and beyond. He is the author of the highly successful children’s play The Witchin’Well and has featured internationally in numerous storytelling festivals. He has also facilitated workshops in storytelling and creative writing with a wide range of groups including school children and teachers.
18 April 2008


Rommi Smith

is a celebrated British poet, spoken word artist and singer – her lively use of rhythm conveys her enthusiastic joy of the spoken and written words. Ms. Smith has been the chair of the audience jury for the Booker Prize, “Poet in Residence” for BBC Music Live and the British Parliaments’ first “Writer in Residence”. She has been a frequent guest at literary festivals and many of her work have been broadcast by the BBC. Her first collection of poems “Moveable Type” was published on CD and was a great success – as was her other collection “Mornings and Midnights”.

Educated at the University of Leeds, Ms. Smith frequently teaches creative writing courses with a special emphasis on Black British Literature and Poetry for Performance.
 15-19 April 2008


Further Information

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