Horizon Festival - Online for 2020 // 28 Aug - 6 Sep 2020

Bunker Down, Speak Out: Heat #1


Bunker Down, Speak Out: Heat #1

The Bunker Spoken Word Series returns in 2020 bigger and better than ever, with an online Spoken Word competition and international guest performers beamed in from across the globe.

With competition heats held through Zoom in June and July, we’re taking this opportunity to bring you the best international spoken word talent, featuring Sabrina Benaim from Toronto, Canada (Heat One), and Anthony Ananxagorou from London, UK (Heat Two).

From slam poets to bush poets and storytellers, our professional judging team will be on hand to send five finalists from each heat to the grand final in August where the Bunker Spoken Word 2020 winner will be awarded the $500 cash prize courtesy of our longstanding partners, the Imperial Hotel Eumundi.

Each heat will have 11 places available for individuals to register for the competition, the first 10 registrants will be guaranteed a place in the competition with the 11th competitor drawn randomly from all registrants after the first 10.

Join us on Zoom on Thu 18 June for Heat One, featuring the one and only Sabrina Benaim all the way from Toronto Canada.

Registration for both audiences and competitors is free via the Zoom link below.

Heat #1 – THU 18 JUN https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMoceiqpjwpH9aWoCi4szHFdDoap4vwfFIQ


The following upcoming events are part of the full Bunker Spoken Word Series

Heat #2 – THU 9 JUL
Feat Anthony Ananxagorou from London, UK.



We’re busy finalising the details of the grand final event, which will be live and live streamed from the Brewery, Imperial Hotel, Eumundi. Stay tuned for more info!



Sabrina Benaim
Sabrina Benaim is a 32 year old poet, storyteller, and dance party enthusiast. She is the author of the best-selling book of poetry, Depression and Other Magic Tricks. Her videos online, have reached over 100 million people. Sabrina has toured Australia, the UK, Canada and the USA with her live shows, which are poetry readings gone electric. While the subject matter can veer into difficult territory, it is with truth and from experience that Sabrina is able to navigate through her mental illness journey with a wild sense of humour and frank discussion to leave her audience feeling comforted and uplifted. She lives with her dog Mabel, and is currently working on her second collection.

Anthony Anaxagorou
Anthony Anaxagorou is a British-born Cypriot poet, fiction writer, essayist, publisher and poetry educator. His poetry has been published in POETRY, The Poetry Review, Poetry London, Granta, Ambit, The Adroit Journal, The London Magazine, The Rialto and elsewhere. His poetry and fiction have appeared on BBC Newsnight, BBC Radio 4, ITV, Vice UK, Channel 4 and Sky Arts. His second collection After the Formalities, published with Penned in the Margins, is a Poetry Book Society recommendation. It was selected as one of The Telegraph’s and The Guardian’s best poetry books of 2019 and shortlisted for the 2019 T.S Eliot Prize. He was awarded the 2019 H-100 Award for writing and publishing, and the 2015 Groucho Maverick Award for his poetry and fiction. In 2019 he was made an honorary fellow of the University of Roehampton.


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.