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Mununggurr-Williams wins 2018 Australian Poetry Slam

Darwin-based Djapu poet Melanie Mununggurr-Williams has won the 2018 Australian Poetry Slam national final, reports the Guardian.

At the national final held at the Sydney Opera House on 21 October, Mununggurr-Williams performed her poem about Aboriginal identity and running.

As the winner, Mununggurr-Williams will undertake an international writers’ festival tour, performing at Byron Writers Festival, Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, Singapore Writers Festival and Hong Kong International Literary Festival in 2019.

Watch Mununggurr-Williams’ winning performance here.

As previously reported by Books+Publishing, Penguin Random House Australia in March acquired 13-year-old slam poet Solli Raphael’s first book, Limelight, after he became he youngest winner of the Australian Poetry Slam at age 12.

For more information about the Australian Poetry Slam, see the website.

 

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