once again we organised a poetry competition
for pupils at austrian secondary schools. prizes were books and book vouchers, a chance to perform at the vienna lit festival 2008
and festival passes to attend all festival events for free. the
austrian commission for UNESCO was our patron for the school slam.
the starting point for the competition was the poem “my grandmother” by scottish writer jackie kay.
here you can download worksheets:
students were encouraged to write their own poems in response to jackie
kay’s poem. from all the written entries we received, 18 students
were chosen to recite their texts at the vienna lit school slam 2008
in front of our festival audience. a professional jury assessed
these performances and elected the winners. what mattered was not just the
written text but also the quality of the performance (how lively,
convincing, gripping… it is).