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

Bunker Down, Speak Out: Heat #2


Bunker Down, Speak Out: Heat #2

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. Up next for Heat Two is Anthony Ananxagorou from London, UK.

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.

Heat Two comes hot on the heels of a successful Heat One, which saw five exceptional spoken word performers win their place in the Grand Final.

Join us on Zoom on Thu 9 July for Heat Two, featuring the incredible Anthony Anaxagorou joining us all the way from London.

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

Heat #2 – THU 9 JUL https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0sc-msqD0sHNHEtgf4OuFuNoHP7Nw69voY



Anthony Anaxagorou is a British-born Cypriot poet, fiction writer, essayist, publisher and poetry educator. His poetry has been published in POETRYThe Poetry ReviewPoetry LondonGrantaAmbitThe Adroit JournalThe London MagazineThe Rialto and elsewhere. His poetry and fiction have appeared on BBC Newsnight, BBC Radio 4ITVVice UKChannel 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.


We’re busy finalising the details of the grand final event. Stay tuned for more info!




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.