WHAT WE DO

The Bankstown Poetry Slam (BPS) is a not-for-profit community collective that was founded by Western Sydney Uni students Ahmad Al Rady and Sara Mansour in February of 2013. With the patronage of the Bankstown Youth Development Service (BYDS) at the Bankstown Arts Centre, the event usually happens on the last Tuesday of every month.
BPS was the first regular poetry slam of Western Sydney, and has gained national recognition as the largest regular slam in the country. Heralding in over 300 people every month, BPS has featured renowned spoken word poets such as
Mark Gonzales, Amal Kassir, Candy Royalle Omar Musa and Luka Lesson.

Bankstown Poetry Slam also runs workshops and holds performances in high schools and other organisations. Poets from the slam can perform at your next event. Contact info@bankstownpoetryslam.com for more information.


“I had never heard of spoken word or performance poetry and I was completely blown away. The next month I performed and came third. From then on I was addicted.”

— Yasmine Lewis - NSW State Poetry Slam finalist

What We've Achieved

  • ZEST Award for Outstanding Project promoting Social Cohesion and Community Harmony - 2016 (Real Talk)
  • Flip The Script - Monthly Youth Open Mic Night
  • Real Talk 2016
  • Slam of Origin 2016
  • The Final Verse: First Trans-Tasman Youth Slam 2016
  • Partner of the Lebanese Film Festival 2016
  • Sydney Writers Festival 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Partnership with Western Sydney U's Student Newspaper
  • Poetry Grand Slam 2015 and 2016 (formerly, Poetry Olympics) at the Art Gallery of NSW
  • Real Talk 2015 (a series of spoken word workshops culminating to a Spoken-Word Theatre show and publication)
  • Three published poetry books
  • Pemulway Prize 2016
  • Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue's Community Engagement Award 2016
  • Stand Tall, Speak Out 2014 (a series of spoken word workshops run concurrently in 5 different high schools)