At 12 years of age, Solli Raphael was titled the youngest ever winner of the Australian Poetry Slam held at the Sydney Opera House after he performed 'Australian Air' - a poem about political wisdom, environmental awareness and the importance of social consciousness. He then rose to fame after his winning performance was viewed online over four million times in 24 hours.
Now 16, Solli is a globally renowned poet and keynote speaker; having led workshops; performed and spoken at conferences, schools and universities. Additionally (and passionately), Solli is an environmental activist and humanitarian who works closely as an ambassador for four charities and organisations.
Solli’s first book Limelight, was published in 2018 and has received accolades for its capacity to engage students in poetry, having also won a
Nautilus Book Award in 2019 for best middle-grade nonfiction.
Solli enjoys writing powerful and emotive pieces to instigate change in the areas he feels are critical for attention and action such as social equality, the environment and animal protection. This inspirational teen thrives from empowering the global youth movement whilst redefining the possibilities for a young person.
You may have seen Solli on The Project, ABCME, at a TEDx event or even performing in front of a live audience of 35,000 at the Gold Coast XXI Commonwealth Games.
Solli’s second book, Spotlight is AVAILABLE NOW
15 year old poet and performer Solli Raphael is an Ambassador for Dymocks Children’s Charities, who at the age of 12 was the youngest ever winner of the 'Australian Poetry Slam' competition. In this video he performs two of his poems and reads from his first book, Limelight. This video is suitable for 10+.
"We're so much more inspired to write poetry now; staff included. The students can take a lot from their conversations with Solli. On a personal note, being a father of two young girls, it was a wonderful day today being in the company of such a level-headed and genuine role model for young children. Thank you, Solli”.
- Grant; Mount St. John’s Primary School, NSW
“It’s amazing and a really inspiring read. Loved it so much couldn’t put it down”.
- Soph; Mila & Honey
“Loved your book so much! It was full of passion - I could sense the determination in your words. Such a raw, bold, and wholesome book”.
- Nahida Hafza; Poet
“This man is the embodiment of opportunity”.
- Tibor; Skyline Education Foundation Australia (Year 12 Student)
“Solli, your appearance sure made it [Year 12 Masterclass] so much more memorable. What a fabulous performance. You are incredibly good at putting situations into perspective though the poetry you write. We feel very honoured that you orated a new poem for the students- as they did”.
- Annie Harper; Lead Program Manager – Skyline Education Foundation Australia