Solli Raphael won the Australian Poetry Slam championship title at 12 years-of-age in an all-adult competition with his activism-based poem, Australian Air, viewed over 3.5 million times on Facebook.
The now 14-year-old is an ambassador for Dymocks Children's Charity, and has collaborated with World Vision and Greenpeace to raise awareness in areas he feels are important.
Solli has an internationally-published book, Limelight which is a blend of Solli's poetry, along with writing and performance tips and tips on eco-sustainability. Solli drives passion into the hearts of his audiences around the world by delivering powerful and emotive slam poetry at various national and international events annually such as the 2019 Commonwealth Games, TEDxSydney and at the Adelaide and Brisbane Writer's Festivals.
This youth-empowering teen fearlessly stands up for his generation, encouraging them to participate in conversations about issues that affect their lives and their future.
"In the fusion of rap, rhyme and passion, slam poetry, says Raphael, gives him a voice to promote social and environmental change among his own peers, and he is not waiting on Australia's politicians to act first. Change is needed now, he says." - Linda Morris (The Sydney Morning Herald)