Regional Poetry Slam to land on Leeton

MAKING poetry cool again while empowering young women is the aim of two Leeton High School students. 

Kaila DePaoli, 15, and Amelie Sachs, 14, have been working hard to bring a poetry slam to Leeton and that’s exactly what they achieved. 

A regional poetry slam will be held in Leeton on Friday and there won’t just be fun on offer, but prize money as well. 

The pair are part of the Youth Frontiers mentoring program and they are hopeful the poetry slam will be the first step in empowering women in the area. 

“It was an unusual and different way to empower young women,” Kaila said.

“We were trying to think outside the box.”

The event is part of the Festival of Audacious Ideas, with Leeton Shire Council manager of library, culture and community Penny Davies the girls’ mentor. 

“We really hope (the poetry slam) continues with annual performances,” Amelie said.

“I expected it to be challenging and we are really glad to have Penny to help us.”

The event will be held at the library tonight from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. 

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