David Hallett

David Hallett

New South Wales

Speaker type

  • Author
  • Poet
  • Storyteller / Performer

One of Australia's premier performance poets David Hallett has been developing and presenting school performances and festival features for over two decades. Twice winner of the Poetry Olympics at the Sydney Writers Festival, winner of the Byron Bay Writers Festival Poetry Prize, Nimbin Performance Poetry World Cup and Woodford Story Award, David has toured with his poetry from outback schools to the Sydney Opera House to the beat cafes of New York.

For over 25 years David has hosted two of Australia's longest running poetry venues: Byron Bay's Writers at the Rails and Lismore's Live Poets. He is a most accomplished performance poet whose thought provoking and inspiring poems come with a good dose of comedy, satire and social commentary, and his passion for poetry has lit a creative spark at schools and festivals across Australia.

David's secondary schools presentations have included masterclasses on poets Wilfred Owen, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, John Donne, Peter Skrzynecki, Judith Wright, Bruce Dawe and Emily Dickinson; as well as his own popular show of original poetry Rhythm, Rhyme & Rap. David is also touring a new show for both schools and festivals titled A Century of Australian Poetry featuring a carousel of works by Paterson, Lawson and CJ Dennis, Judith Wright, Kath Walker, Peter Skrzynecki, Bruce Dawe, Richard Tipping, Komninos Xervos...and Hallett.

David Hallett's entertaining wordsmithery is on the cutting edge of contemporary performance poetry literally jumping from the page to the stage.

Testimonials

  • In our student feedback at the end of this semester many of our students made a particular point of mentioning David's seminar as one of the high points of their study in this unit.

    School of Art, Southern Cross University

    School of Art, Southern Cross University
    David Hallett
  • David Hallett challenged many of our students' personal views of poetry and politics. His performances allowed students to appreciate the malleability of poetry, highlighting the fact it is far more than words on a page.

    Canberra Grammar School

    Canberra Grammar School
    David Hallett
  • David quickly established a rapport with students from Years 7-11. Everyone was enthralled and thoroughly entertained. Staff and students alike were very impressed by his ideas and his art in communication.

    Grafton High School

    Grafton High School
    David Hallett
  • I think for a school to miss an entertaining and informative seminar by David would be a sad loss for any school community, especially since poetry needs to 'come alive' for students through meaningful rendition.

    Red Bend Catholic College, Forbes

    Red Bend Catholic College, Forbes
    David Hallett
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