Solli Raphael limelight book poet slam poet poetry commonwealth games champion

Ecowarrior, Award-winning Slam Poet & Internationally Published Author

Age is no barrier...

 At 12, I achieved something amazing - I was crowned the youngest ever winner of the Australian Poetry Slam which was held at the Sydney Opera House. I had never shared my poetry before then, and I have also never looked back!

I enjoy writing powerful and emotive poetry. I also perform at various types of events to instigate change in the areas I feel are critical for attention and action such as social equality, the natural environment and animal protection. People describe me as budding humanitarian and game changer because I care about bringing equality into the lives of everyone, while looking after the planet at the same time.

Successfully publishing my first poetry book, Limelight, at 13, by Penguin Random House in Australia, and by Andrews McMeel in North America, my main goal is to encourage my generation to participate in conversations about issues that affect their lives and their future, sending out the challenge to #beagamechangerwithme.

I'm 15 now, and in the past three years I've been fortunate to have performed my poetry at events like the 2018 Commonwealth Games, TEDxSydney, TEDxBlighStreet, and on TV shows such as The Project, ABCMe, ABCNews and Studio10.

One of the coolest privileges as a writer is being able to collaborate with awesome organisations, charities and like-minded creatives to help raise awareness.

If you'd like to work together, or if you'd like to arrange a school visit or even an exclusive poetry performance for your event, click on the link at the top of this page, I'd love to hear from you!