Alfred has a mind for ideas but a heart for poetry. By day, he’s a copywriter working with Vodafone. By night, he’s a spoken word poet - a place where he gets to work on his own ideas without dreading “client feedback”.
A writer for over 18 years, Alfred was one of the founding poets of the the spoken word scene in his hometown of Mumbai, India. Inspired by Def Jam Poetry, he went on to help setup ‘Monday Night Slam’ - Mumbai’s first platform for spoken word. Alfred believes in using the power of spoken word to shine a light on contemporary issues and spark positive change, one poem at a time. When not juggling between writing assignments, Alfred can usually be found face down in a game of Scrabble or geeking out at a stationery store.
Mohamed is a journalist and poet from Auckland. He is the winner of the 2013 Rising Voices Youth Poetry Slam and co-founder of Waxed Poetic Revival. He has performed his work across New Zealand and Australia including at TEDx, Splore Festival and the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Mohamed has just published his first collection of poems, A Felling of Things, available by emailing
Ben had a good night on the evening of the 2014 finals, and the scorecards put him in first place on that occasion.
He has performed at hundreds of open mics across New Zealand, Australia, Asia and the UK, was nominated for 'Best of the Festival' at the Wellington Fringe in 2014 and took a one-man show to the Melbourne Fringe the year after. There are only a few copies of his unpublished chapbook about, mainly in the hands of girls he was trying to impress, but keep an eye out for an actual, proper one in the near-ish future, it’ll be on the internet and everything.
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Te Kahu Rolleston
Te Kahu is a descendant of the waves that break against the shores of Tauranga Moana, he is from the islands that shelter the smooth waters of Tauranga, from the rough seas of the ocean known as Te moana nui a Kiwa.
He has appeared on numerous television shows including Good Morning, I am TV, Pukana, 2kaha & Radio Tainui. He has recently been published in Puna Wai Kōrero: An Anthology of Māori Poetry in English from Auckland University Press. Recently graduated from Waikato University, Te Kahu currently work at Te Aho Tūroa-Enviroschools where amongst other things he creates and delivers inspiring informative poetry resources and workshops for rangatahi.
After catching the spoken word bug on the Canadian prairies, Ali returned home to NZ, starting Poetry in Motion in Wellington in 2012.
She has performed in numerous countries, featured as a guest at the Australian National Slam, and in 2013 travelled to Minneapolis to compete in the Women of the World Poetry Slam.
Ali is passionate about the potential of spoken word poetry to lead positive change, break down barriers between diverse communities, and to help people improve their public speaking and communication skills. She has published a chapbook, Romantic Pragmatism and debuted her solo Fringe Festival spoken word show Jagged Little Pilgrimage in 2016.
Winning the National Poetry Slam was the high point of Brad's first and only year in the New Zealand performance poetry scene. He also won the Going West Poetry Slam in that year and performed at a handful of other events. Brad has since drifted away from poetry, having not written anything resembling a poem in many years, and as a result he has a sneaking suspicion that he's a one-trick pony.
He now lives in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the north of England where he is the Artistic Director of participatory theatre company Cap-a-Pie.