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Snap, snap, snap: seniors to take up slam poetry

Spoken word poetry is something often associated with college-age adults but an aged care provider is helping seniors try their hand at the artform.

Fifteen seniors will work with poet and literary performer David Stavanger as part of a new Feros Care initiative called Gran Slam.

Stavanger will lead a series of poetry workshops to help older adults find their voice and translate it into a slam poetry performance.

Feros Care’s marketing and communications consultant Tarnya Sim said the idea behind Gran Slam is to amplify the ideas, opinions, vision and experiences of older Australians.

“We’re looking for people with a declaration to make, a voice to be heard, an opinion to be penned,” Sim said.

She added those interested in participating need no experience.

“You don’t have to be an experienced wordsmith, you just have to have an enthusiasm and desire to learn new skills and collaborate with a professional arts team to create something you can be proud of.”

Residents will perform their work for a film that will be screened at a Feros Care event at Byron Writers Festival. Workshops will be held on the southern Gold Coast.

Gran Slam is a collaboration between Feros Care and performance producers Everybody NOW.

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