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Solid Air:
Australian and New Zealand Spoken Word


A groundbreaking and original collection that celebrates Australia and New Zealand’s leading performance poets, direct from stage to page.

Available. Dispatched 2-3 business days

Over the past decade, Spoken Word has established itself as a central part of contemporary Australian & New Zealand poetry. For the first time ever, these voices are transported from the stage to the page, captured in print so that the spoken-word experience can be shared with a new and broader audience.

Solid Air showcases the work of more than 100 performance poets – combining elements of slam, hip-hop and experimental performance poetry – to deliver an unforgettable reading experience that is both literary and loud. Poems capture themes of modern culture, identity and resistance.

Contributors include: Ali Cobby Eckermann, Omar Musa, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Taika Waititi, Quan (Regurgitator), Claire G. Coleman, Tayi Tibble, Hera Lindsay Bird, Behrouz Boochani, Luka Lesson, Steven Oliver, PiO, Candy Royalle, Michelle Law, Courtney Barnett, Quinn Eades, Selina Tusitala Marsh and many more.

David Stavanger, author of The Special

David Stavanger

David Stavanger is a poet, performer, editor, cultural producer and lapsed psychologist. In 2013 he won the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize for The Special (UQP), which was awarded the 2015 Wesley Michel Wright Poetry Prize. He was co-director of the Queensland Poetry Festival from 2015 to 2017, and has been at the forefront of founding poetry slam in Australia. Also known as the Green Room-nominated spoken word artist Ghostboy, he lives between the stage and the page.

Anne-Marie Te Whiu, editor of Solid Air: Australian and New Zealand Spoken Word

Anne-Marie Te Whiu

Anne-Marie Te Whiu is a cultural producer, editor and weaver. She edited Tony Birch's poetry collection Whisper Songs and was co-director of the Queensland Poetry Festival from 2015 to 2017. She currently works as a Senior Project Manager at Red Room Poetry. She is a proud descendant of the Te Rarawa tribe in Northland, Aotearoa.