The Sydney Opera House is a long way from Launceston, but it’s where three Tasmanian poets will find themselves come October should they place at the Australian Poetry Slam state final on Saturday.
Fourteen Tasmanian wordsmiths will this weekend showcase their work at the event, with two winners flying to Sydney in October with organisers Yvonne Gluyas and Joy Elizabeth to compete in the national final.
Funding will also allow a third state winner to travel with the group to participate in the many peripheral events and workshops.
Ms Gluyas said it was a huge opportunity for the diverse group of finalists, who range from a 12-year-old Blackmans Bay boy, to a retired psychologist.
“Three of the 14 will be joining us in Sydney in October, so don’t tell me poetry doesn’t pay,” she said.
The finals event starts from 7pm on Saturday at the Launceston Workers Club.