Horizon Festival 2021 | 27 AUG - 5 SEP // 28 Aug - 6 Sep 2020

Bunker Down, Speak Out: Grand Final


Bunker Down, Speak Out: Grand Final

The Bunker Spoken Word Grand Final returns in 2020 in our first live event since taking shelter in the online format!

Our 10 Spoken Word finalists have progressed from the heats and will compete in the grand final event at the Imperial Hotel, Eumundi. 

The Grand Final features stronger competition than ever before, with local poets performing live and interstate competitors projected live on screen.

Joined by the multi-award winning Hollie McNish as our feature poet beaming in from Scotland, we’re set to kick off our return to local venues in true Bunker style and can’t wait for you to join!

Bunker Spoken Word winner will be awarded the $500 cash prize courtesy of our longstanding partners, the Imperial Hotel Eumundi and University of the Sunshine Coast.

We are implementing a range of measures to ensure everyone's safety at this event. We thank you for your understanding and patience. If you have any queries regarding these measures, please contact us at horizon@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

Seating will be allocated rather than general admission, so if you wish to sit together with group of people, please ensure that you order your tickets together in a single transaction. This will make it easier for us to be able to arrange and allocate seating appropriately.

No Door Sales
Admission will be via pre-purchased tickets only. There will be no door sales or walk-ups permitted for this event.

Contact Details
All ticket holders must share contact details for the purpose of contact tracing.


Hollie McNish is a poet based between Cambridge and Glasgow. She has published three poetry collections: Papers, Cherry Pie and Plum, and one poetic memoir on politics and parenthood, Nobody Told Me, of which the Scotsman suggested “The world needs this book” and for which she won the Ted Hughes Award.

In 2017 Nobody Told Me was translated into German, French and Spanish and released in the USA. In 2016 she co-wrote a play Offside with Sabrina Mahfouz, relating the two hundred year history of UK women’s football.

Hollie tours continuously all over the UK and Europe and beyond and is a big fan of online readings – her poetry videos have attracted millions of views worldwide.


Ren Alessandra
Dylan Barrett
Damien Becker
Ben Burns
Gil Douglas
Amy Geraghty
Dave Knobel
Lincoln Lally
Scott Patrick Mitchell
Caroline Reid


The Bunker Spoken Word is supported by the Regional Arts Development Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Sunshine Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

How to get there


Venue is wheelchair accessible