One of Australia’s premier performance poets David Hallett has been writing and performing since the 1970s. Winner of the 2019 Reciter of the Year Award and twice winner of the Poetry Olympics at the Sydney Writers Festival, David has taken his poetry from outback schools and festivals to the Sydney Opera House to the beat cafes of New York.
Coming from a background in theatre, street theatre, radio and music David produced his first poetry show in 1978, and he has hosted two of Australia’s longest running spoken word events for 30 years: Lismore’s Live Poets and Byron Bay’s Writers at the Rails. David has published five collections of poetry, and Out of the Blue, published in 2020, is his first collection of performance poems in ten years.
David’s imageful poetry jumps from page to stage, from comedic to satiric, to deadly serious social commentary on the spin of politics, media, climate chaos, love, shopping and our maddening digital world.