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Your guide to Story Week for 2022, the festival spotlighting oral storytelling

story week 2022

Words mean things. And when spoken aloud they take on a new power. This is the philosophy that underpins Story Week, an annual seven-day celebration of all things spoken word. Presented by not-for-profit arts organisation, Word Travels, this year the theme is 'Show, Glow, Grow, Flow'.

Who will perform?

As always, the Story Week lineup pedestals some of the best homegrown and overseas talent; think poets, rappers, storytellers and lyricists. In 2022, expect to hear from Mel Ree, Mr Rhodes, Huda the Goddess, Tom Kaldor, Miles Merrill the founder of Australian Poetry Slam and director of Word Travels, and many more.

Where will Story Week take place?

Taking place across October 15-23, Story Week will animate venues all across Sydney, including the Sydney Opera House, Customs House at Circular Quay and World Travels' warehouse at William Street in Darlinghurst.

Standout acts

To open the week, begin first at the Sydney Final of Australian Poetry Slam. On the website, it's described in colourful detail. "You will not believe Sydney’s talent till you see it for yourself. Brave poets’ knees-shaking leave the earth trembling beneath / under the gravity of what they say in their tremors / we are pulled towards with applause, stomps and roars. We’ve got randy wit from Randwick, Parramatta’s paramour matters, double trouble from Double Bay (double yay), Blue Mountains’ poems that might leave you blue (in the good way), the hood of Bur AND Camden?" the site description reads.

Meanwhile, on Saturday October 22, head to Customs House for performances from the original orators at First Person Voice - Real Lit. Butchulla artist Fred Leone will lead the proceedings, while Kootsie Dan, Jacob Ridgeway and Mr Rhodes will thrill audiences with fearless storytelling.

To view the full program, head to the Story Week website. As for tickets and a complete list of artists involved, find them there also.

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