#1341 Slammin’- Pt. 2


A hungry crowd, passionate poets, and a night of lyricism.

Welcome to Slammin’ Part 2.


The NSW finalists graced the stage at the Wharf Theatre to battle it out for their chance to go on to the National Poetry Slam Final and win prizes and prestige to support their career.  Slammin’ Part 2 brings you highlights from the second half of the evening.

With only 2 poets going through to the National Final, the competition was fierce and ended in a slam-off and less a point seperating the finalists.

So who went on to the National Final…?

Poets (in order of performance):

  • Robyn Sykes
  • Nancy Loukah
  • Ahmad Al Rady
  • Gillian Swain
  • Thomas Hill
  • Mark Robertson
  • Dave Carter
  • Jools Dobbs
  • Jesse Brand


Picture Credit:  Carla de Souza

Music Credit:  Original Composition by Nigel Date & Cameron Jones


Production Manager:  Carly-Ann Keneally

Executive Producer’s:  Giordana Caputo & Belinda Lopez

Feature’s Executive Producer:  Merran Winchester

#1340 Slammin’ – Pt.1

Welcome to the NSW Poetry Slam Final!

Poets from all over NSW came together to battle it out to make it into the national finals and be crowned champion slam poet of 2013.

Luka Lesson MC’d the night and the Wharf Theatre in The Rocks was packed to capacity.

The Word Travels Festival and the poets put on a great show, marvelling and entertaining the audience with their use of language and unique styles of storytelling.

All the Best was there to bring you the performances of the NSW slam poets.


Poets (in order of performance):

  • David Hallett
  • Marie Mcmillan
  • Sandy Holmes
  • Eiman Al Ubudy
  • Jo Wilson-Ridley
  • Pranishka Nayagar
  • Zohab Khan
  • Michael Lister
  • Lachlan Bray
  • Rachel Calleja


Picture Credit: Ghostboy- Word Travels

Music Credits:  Eye of the Tiger by Survivor, Original Composition by Nigel Date & Cameron Jones


Production Manager:  Carly-Ann Keneally

Executive Producer’s:  Giordana Caputo & Belinda Lopez

Feature’s Executive Producer:  Merran Winchester


Sydney Writers Festival Live

For those who missed it earlier in the year, we’re re-playing our first live show, recorded at the Sydney Writers’ Festival.

As part of the Sydney Writers’ Festival All the Best produced a live version of its radio show to a packed room at the Festival Club stage, exploring the theme of power in Sydney through the ages.

Special guests include Wendy Bacon, Sarah Haghdoosti, Anna Krien and Mandy Sayer plus a whole host of All the Best contributors, with live music from Sydney’s Fergus Brown.

Presenter: Eliza Sarlos
Features Executive Producer: Jesse Cox
Live recording: Kate Ryan
Production assistance: David Sheridan
Visuals: Que Minh Luu
Produced by Executive Producers: Jesse Cox, Brigitte Dagg, Eliza Sarlos


Storytelling Recorded Live

A collection of stories taken from live events recorded for All the Best.

1. Sarah Rodigari is an artist who has exhibited in Australia and Internationally.  Recently she decided to hitch hike from Melbourne to Sydney and this story comes from towards the end of the trip when she had an interaction with a stranger on a highway in the pouring rain.  It was performed as part of Acts of Kindness and Other Stories and recorded by Kate Ryan.

2. Johnny Marigliano is an actor who grew up in Brooklyn.  In this story he tells of a moment in his life whe – as he introduces it, his story is one of pizza, shylocks and crime.  It was performed and recorded as part of one of Campfire Collective’s storytelling evenings.

3. Anique Vered is an arts worker and artist and is currenly managing the Rocks Pop Up project.  She recently returned to Sydney after working in communities in Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Germany and Israel for the past 2 years.  This story comes from her last destination, a kibbutz in the Negrev desert and about her job as the communities goat herder.

4. Mike Williams is a radio producer and founder of In the Dark, Sydney.  In this story he remembers his very first Conception Day at Macquarie Uni.  Mike had been looking forward to the day for ages, but when it finally came around, things didn’t quite go to plan.

5. Que is a radio producer and film editor.  A few years ago she was down the south coast with a bunch of friends, when they heard a loud screetch out the front of their house.  A car full of kids had smashed into a bus load of senior citizens.  Que and her friends mounted a resuce operation that turned into something a little out of the ordinary.

The last 3 stories were performed at a recent Story Slam at The Paper Mill gallery.  All The Best has been in residence at the gallery working on a new show, to be performed live this Tuesday from 7.30pm.  Presented in association with In the Dark, FBi radio, 2ser and Radio National.  For a preview of the event read this article by Mike Williams.  All the event details can be found here.

Guest Presenter: Jesse Cox
Live Content Producer: Kate Ryan
Executive Producers: Jesse Cox, Brigitte Dagg, Eliza Sarlos 



Kid’s Promises
Produced by Zacha Rosen

Promise to Past
Produced by Alex Kennett

In this story we hear from Kat. Kat’s story is one of war and exodus of leaving her family and her culture to resettle in Australia. These experiences have led Kat to make some firm and unusual promises to her family, her religion and her culture but most of all to herself. Alexandra Kennett brings us Kat’s story.

In Loving Memory of Some Guy
Written and read by Zoe Norton Lodge

It seems like most promises we make are to our dearest and nearest…even if more often than not it’s the last thing we want to do. Next up we hear from Zoe Norton Lodge and the type of promise you just cant ever get out of…. This story was published as part of Seizure, a themed magazine for new writers seizureonline.com.

Promise to Baby
Produced by Sophia Mallam

There are times when promises aren’t so much made as…forced upon us. In our next story Sophie Mallam caught up with Sydney writer, Antonia Hayes, to talk about the hardest  promise she’s ever had to make.

Lord of the Leash
Written and read by Tom Ballard
Recorded live at ‘Stories of Kindness’ a night curated by Eddie Sharp at the Jurassic Lounge Sydney
Recorded and edited by Kate Ryan

So far today, we have heard about promises made to our self, to our faith and those we love. But what about those promises to be people we hardly know? What is it that makes us keep these?

Presenter: Imogen Semmler
Supervising Producer: Alex Storey
Features Executive Producer: Jesse Cox
Executive Producers: Jesse Cox, Brigitte Dagg, Eliza Sarlos

Picture credit: Peter Cagnacci