Poetry Slam - Enter now!

Think you’ve got some spoken word skills that would wow a WOMAD audience?

Well, we’re calling for entries for the WOMAD NZ Poetry Slam!

Up for grabs is the title of WOMAD Slam Champ and 2 x three day WOMAD 2019 VIP tickets.

To be in with a chance, simply use the digital form on the right hand side of this page to upload a clip of you performing an original piece!

Our judges will select seven contestants to compete at WOMAD 2018. 

* Please note - Poetry Slam entrants are responsible for purchasing their own WOMAD 2018 tickets.


Saturday March 17 - 3pm, Pinetum Stage
Seven poets will perform original poems of three minutes or less in a two round competition. The audience will play an important role in cheering on the poets and attempting to sway the judge's scores, so come along and join in!

Sunday March 18 - 3pm Pinetum Stage
The Womad Slam Champ will perform their winning piece, followed by a slam session from our world renowned judges Penny Ashton, Matt Harvey and Tusiata Avia!


Penny Ashton is New Zealand’s own global comedienne who has been making a splash on the world stage since 2002. She has performed more than 600 solo shows and has sold out from Edinburgh to Adelaide to Edmonton. She has represented both New Zealand in The World Cup of Theatresports in Germany, and Australasia in a Performance Poetry Slam Tournament Tour of the UK. 

Yorkshire bred Matt Harvey now happily calls NZ home. His hilarious poetry has entertained thousands (and one small dog) from Edinburgh to Edmonton to Dunedin. He's an MC for Auckland's iconic Poetry Live, a Raw Comedy Quest Finalist and Winner of Best Dressed Man in the Hamilton Fringe.

Tusiata Avia is a New Zealand-Samoan poet, performer and writer. Her poetry is confrontational, entertaining, raw and lyrical. Tusiata has performed her poetry at festivals all over the world – from Moscow to Jerusalem, from New York to London.