Poetry ‘star athletes tackle titles

POETRY will again fill the town hall at this weekend's 10th Nimbin Performance Poetry World Cup.

And with poets travelling from as far as Western Australia, Victoria and Queensland, the Cup is quickly becoming a flagship event on the national performance poetry circuit.

Co-ordinator Gail Clarke said about 500 people were expected to attend the two- day slam, with a record 46 contestants signed up to perform.

"It's a chance for poets to share their passion with an audience," she said.

Ms Clarke said performance poetry had it over the mere written word because it was so engaging.

"They stand up and communicate and the audience is spellbound," she said.

"The poems are about things from the everyday to world events."

The Cup has been building each year, with this weekend's event expected to be the biggest yet.

Poets will compete in heats from 10am today. They will have eight minutes on stage to win over the audience and judges. Poets can use their time to perform one poem or a number of shorter pieces.

Tomorrow 19 finalists will compete in the semi-finals starting at midday to be one of the eight who will tussle for the Cup in the final.

Two judges will evaluate each performance, while the audience will vote for the people's choice award.

The final will be tomorrow at 7pm and entry is $15 for waged and $10 for unwaged. Entry to all other events is free.

Last year's winner was Doubting Thomas. The people's choice went to Zelly Opps with a poem about the human race.

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