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Fearless Winners Emerge In Australian Poetry Slam Victorian Final

Nour Abouzeid and Tariro Movondo were declared winner and runner-up in the Victorian final of the 2010 Australian Poetry Slam, held at the State Library of Victoria on Friday November 19. Performing to a capacity audience, Abouzeid and Movondo wowed the judges with their two minute powerhouse poems.
 
Each addressed fear of cultural difference in their performances. Abouzied announced “they called me a terrorist ... perhaps because my middle name is Mohammad.” Movondo chanted “live less in fear, live fearless” and called for the ceasing of the White Australia policy.
 
They beat a talent-packed field of 14 contenders to win $1,000 and $500 respectively and a spot in the national finals at the Sydney Theatre Company on Sunday December 5. There they will compete for all-expenses-paid trips to the 2011 Ubud Writers and Readers Festival in Bali and the 2011 Bookworm International Literary Festival in Beijing.
 
For more information on the National competition visit australianpoetryslam.com

The Australian Poetry Slam is presented by the State Library of Victoria and is co-created nationally by Word Travels, supported by state, territory and public libraries and festivals across the country. Express Media and the Australian Poetry Centre are sponsors of the Victorian program.