Eco!Slam Junior

Poetry workshops at The Royal Botanic Gardens


In 2018 we’re offering for the first time tailored poetry workshops for years 2-6. These workshops sit alongside our OutLoud program and offer a stimulating introduction for primary school groups without the pressure of competing in heats. The workshops take place at Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria site, or its Cranbourne site.

Book your class in for a fun, interactive Eco!Slam workshop with some of Australia’s leading teaching artists. A rare opportunity to learn about the wonders of nature through the spirit of hip hop and spoken word.  Maxine, Emilie and Mantra will invigorate students about the natural world and invite them to write poetry inspired by what they see, feel, touch and hear in the wondrous settings of the Gardens! 

June 2018 workshop dates

Tue, 19 

Thur, 21

Fri, 22

Mon, 25

Tue, 26

Wed, 27


Three workshops will be run on each of these dates at the following times:





$450 for 90 minutes 

Workshops are for up to 30 students.

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This project, funded by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program, partners with Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and Red Room Poetry.

Emilie Zoey Baker is an award-winning Australian poet and spoken-word performer who has toured nationally and internationally performing, teaching and writing. She performs regularly at arts and literature festivals, and has appeared at the Sydney Opera House, TEDx Melbourne and ‘Do’ Lectures Australia. Emilie was a 2014 Fellow at the State Library of Victoria, and has previously been poet-in- residence for Museums Victoria and coordinator for the National Australian Poetry Slam. She teaches poetry and slam in primary and secondary schools and has undertaken residencies in over 90 Australian schools. She is also the author of 14 children’s books and three poetry collections (Selfie Press, Hit and Miss and Liner Notes).

Maxine Beneba Clarke is the author of the ABIA and Indie award-winning short fiction collection Foreign Soil, and
the critically acclaimed memoir The Hate Race. Her poetry collection Carrying The World won the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry. Maxine is the author of the CBCA Honour book listed picture book
The Patchwork Bike, illustrated by Melbourne artist Van T Rudd, and her second picture book Wide Big World will be published in November 2018. She writes for The Saturday Paper. Poetry is her first love.

Mantra is one of Australia’s most respected Hip-Hop artists. A major force in the Hip-Hop landscape, Mantra first became known for his work with iconic Melbourne band “Illzilla”. His debut solo album, 2010’s Power of the Spoken, received widespread critical acclaim and earned the coveted “Album of the Week” spot on Triple J. This success was followed with 2011’s Speaking Volumes, featuring the radio smash-hit Got Me Wrong. Mantra’s latest album, Telling Scenes, debuted at #1 on the AIR Album Chart, #1 on the ARIA Urban Chart and #3 on the ARIA Australian Album Chart. Mantra devotes much of his creative energy to working with young people, facilitating Hip Hop workshops and mentorship programs.