Bellingen Poetry Slam, The Bellingen Memorial Hall, June 8, at 7pm

Poetry Slam Rules

The Bello Poetry Slam is on again at The Bellingen Memorial Hall, June 8, at 7pm. We extend the invitation for poets, and wordsmiths of all descriptions to get writing – and practising!

It’s the same format as previous years – prepare 3 poems of 3 mins (maximum) for 3 possible rounds … i.e. ONLY 20 slammers start in round one, 10 get through to the second round and 5 to the final round. The poems must be original and have not been winners in other Spoken Word competitions. You will be judged (judges picked spontaneously on the night) on 3 main criteria, the subject form of the poem; your performance delivery and the audience reaction.

Registration is free – Ticket for event required. You must register with your details by emailing Elizabeth Routledge on

Tickets will be on sale from March 2018 from the Waterfall Way Visitors Centre, Hyde Street, Bellingen.


Poetry Slam MC

Elizabeth Routledge, renowned poet, playwright, actor and local legend will be your host for the night. Elizabeth brings with her a plethora of experience in all things literal, including winning the Nimbin Performance Poetry World Cup and in 2012 the Peats Ridge Poetry Slam. She has been running and MC of the Bello Slam as part of the Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival since its beginning and has nurtured this night of poetry and irreverence for five of the six festival slams.