Rockingham Arts Centre, 11 Kent St, Rockingham

      8.30am Registration

      9.00am  The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Words with Kate Wilson

10.30am Morning Tea

11.00am Bird Language with Mags Webster

12.30pm Lunch

1.30pm Poetry in the World of Print with Terri-ann White (UWA Publishing)

3.00pm Slam Poetry with Said Poets Society

4.30pm Open Mic Session (Open to the public and includes wine and cheese)

6.30pm Close

FEES: $40 FoRAC Members  $60 Non-Members

Fees include attendance to all sessions, morning tea, lunch and the Open Mic Session.

$10 Open Mic Session only 

Open to public, family and friends.


The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Words with KATE WILSON 

Whether you write for the page or the stage, the sound of the words you choose can create music for your audience. This playful poetry workshop will open up your sound toolbox and encourage you to sharpen your language, so you can hammer home your meaning.

Kate Wilson wrote her first poem at age 7, sitting on her roof in Donnybrook. Kate is a three-time state finalist in the Australian Poetry Slam, and winner of the Bunbury Poetry Slam and Dardanup Bush Poets Competition. She has featured at dozens of festivals and events and her poetry has appeared in zines and magazines, and the 2014 Poetry d’Amour anthology. Kate has performed commissioned works for Fairbridge Folk World Festival and Southern Blue Dancers, and has collaborated with vocal ensembles Summerhouse and Vocal Evolution.  In 2011, Kate was one of the first 100 to be inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame.


Bird Language with MAGS WEBSTER

They used unsayable words. Bird language.’ Rumi

How might we break away from our own words and writing habits to explore other voices? Suitable for beginners, or more experienced writers looking to refresh themselves, this workshop explores techniques that introduce play and experimentation to the process of writing poems and prose.

Originally from the UK, Mags Webster is a Perth-based poet and writer. Her first volume of poems The Weather of Tongues (Sunline Press) won the 2011 Anne Elder Award. Mags’s poetry and prose has been published in Australia, Asia and the USA. Previous lives have involved living and working in London, Scotland and Hong Kong.


Poetry in the World of Print with TERRI-ANN WHITE

Terri-ann White, Director of UWA Publishing, will share some insights about the best way poets can work towards publication of a volume. She will cover the basics of how preparation to pitch your good idea may get you through the door, and discuss where poetry book publishing is up to in Australia in 2017.



 Slam Poetry with MATT NORMAN (Said Poet’s Society)

Ever wondered what that whole ‘slam poetry’ thing is about? This is your chance to find out, and to learn from some of Perth’s best young poets. Suitable for beginners through to experienced writers and performers, this workshop will guide you through the process of writing and performing your own slam poem, from idea generation right through to tips on delivery. Come armed with paper, a pen, and an open mind!

As a local writer and performance poet, Matt founded the Said Poets Society in order to share his passion for telling good stories with the young people of Perth. The Said Poets Society cares about telling good stories. Stories change the way people think about the world, and society members believe that to inspire positive action, they first have to inspire positive thinking. Said Poets Society run performance poetry workshops in Perth high schools to equip young people to make positive change in their lives and communities through the power of stories.

Open Mic Session

Join us for a glass of wine, cheese and nibblies and an afternoon of poetry reading. Everyone is welcome to take their place on the stage and read a poem or two. And for those who may not be as comfortable reading aloud, we have some willing volunteers who are happy to read for you.

Please feel free to invite family and friends to the Open Mic Session.