'Don't be so complacent, for we have come to reclaim our voices! We have not forgotten that we come from astronomers, from stargazers and moon chasers.'
– Sharifa Tartoussi
About this video
Victoria's mightiest wordsmiths faced off to galvanising effect in the Victorian final of Australian Poetry Slam.
Watch slam poet Sharifa Tartoussi's winning performance – a defiant reclamation of female and Arabic identity.
Then watch runner-up Janice Williams, whose rythmic spoken-word evocation takes the pulse of Victoria's once-mighty goldrush towns.
The winner and runner-up were selected by a panel of judges who had been randomly picked from the audience. This free event was held at the Library on 22 September 2017.
Sharifa Tartoussi: Victorian winner of Australian Poetry Slam 2017
Janice Williams: Victorian runner-up of Australian Poetry Slam 2017