Poets from Shockwave Program

By Brooke Newall

In September 2013 at the State Library of Queensland were the state finals of the 2013 Australian Slam Poetry Competition.

It’s was a pretty special night for the Shockwave crew and I because one of our most loved young participants came to Brisbane from Blackall to compete with the best.

Ian Frost – aka ‘Frosty’ a-aka ‘the Frostinator’ has been part of our program since I started facilitating in 2009. He’s had an incredible journey of personal & professional development with Shockwave and I’m really blessed to see him flourish through our program.

Frosty has Williams Syndrome, a rare neurodevelopmental disorder. Living in Blackall he has an incredibly limited number of disability support services in his community or his broader region. He had his first paid job with us in 2011 thanks to a sponsorship from STEPS Disability Services and has since worked as a Shockwave Young Coordinator each festival, dedicating 8 months a year to planning and delivery. He is loved by his community but struggles at times to be offered equal opportunity.

Frosty loves hanging out, loves performing and loves meeting new faces.

At Shockwave this year Frosty won the Slam Poetry heat for West Qld with his beat boxing (which he taught himself). Yep – he beat boxed his way into a poetry comp… awesome! Competing was probably the biggest thing he’s done in his life to date. He hadn’t ever been on a plane before.

Check out what the event was about here.

Another of our young crew, Harry Wells also performed. Harry’s one of our young arts workers from Dalby and at 15 years of age can rap up a storm!

Well done boys!

Poets from Shockwave Program

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