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Voices Activated Poetry Workshops in Albury Funded by CASP

Write Around the Murray Festival is offering CASP-funded poetry workshops as part of their festival program. If you’re aged between 15 and 25 you can participate for free.

This is an incredible opportunity to learn from Omar Musa and Phillip Murray – both poets and rappers.

  • Omar received a standing ovation for his poem ‘My Generation’ at the Sydney Opera House/TEDx event in 2013. His 2014 debut novel ‘Here Come the Dogs’ was nominated for the Miles Franklin Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and won the People’s Choice Award at the ACT Book of the Year Awards.
  • Phillip, aka Philly, won the 2015 National Indigenous Music Awards ‘New Talent of the Year’ and has recently signed with Bad Apples Music.

Omar and Philly will be in Albury in August and September for your chance to do a workshop or two and catch them in performance.


  • Friday 5 August, 12:00pm – 01.30pm
  • Saturday 6 August, 10.30am – 12:00pm
  • Thursday 8 September, 06:00pm – 07.30pm
  • Friday 9 September, 10:00am – 11.30am (school-group bookings only)


  • Friday 5 August, 11:00am, Launch of Write Around the Murray festival program
  • Friday 5 August, 6:00pm – 07.30pm, Omar and Philly with special guest Lorin Elizabeth – a night to behold!
  • Thursday 8 September, 11:30am – 12.30pm, Performance followed by artists in conversation (school-group bookings only)
  • Friday 9 September, 07:30pm – 09.30pm, WAM SLAM hosted by Lorin Elizabeth with guest performances by Omar and Philly ***

*** The WAM SLAM is a NSW heat of the Australian Poetry Slam. Anyone of any age can register on the night to perform a 2-minute poem. The workshops with Philly and Omar will be a great preparation, and there is no obligation to perform. You can decide on the night. By the way, don’t worry if you’re really bad at writing. If you can say it, you can slam it!

For more information and to register for workshops please visit this page.

This project is supported by Arts NSW’s Country Arts Support Program, a devolved funding program administered by Regional Arts NSW and local Regional Arts boards on behalf of the NSW Government.