Caroline Reid

poet | performer | writer

photo: Clare Hawley

"As a performance poet, Caroline Reid is dynamic and adaptable, shifting gears in response to the space and the people who share it. Filled with warmth and knowingness, she is a gem. And I highly recommend her for your event if you're lucky enough to get her."
– Steve Smart, Melbourne Poets Union, Sloth Arts, Dan Poets

Caroline Reid is a poet and performer who lives in Adelaide, Australia on the traditional lands of the Kaurna people. Her debut collection SIARAD, poetry & prose, is published by ES-Press, an imprint of Spineless Wonders. SIARAD, a Welsh word meaning 'to speak or talk', is a rich and adventurous hybrid book. A nod to Caroline's cultural heritage, it also embodies the boundary crossing of her lived experience as a Welsh/Irish child migrant and her outstanding ability to be genre-fluid: Page, performance or video poem, in her own voice or through words in the mouth of a character, her storytelling is expansive and inventive.

Caroline began performing poetry in 2016 and is an active performer in Australia's spoken word scene. She has won multiple slam events and in 2018 and 2019 performed in the Sydney Opera House as a finalist in the Australian Poetry Slam. She has been invited to feature at events such as Adelaide Writers Week, Bunker Spoken Word, SA Spoken Word, Adelaide Fringe, Perth Poetry Club and Draw Your (S)words.

Before finding her niche in spoken word, Caroline wrote for theatre. She was commissioned to write her first full-length play for Black Swan Theatre Company in 1997. Her plays have been broadcast, performed in international festivals, and Prayer to an Iron God was published by Currency Press in 2010. Her poems and stories are printed in literary journals such as Cordite, Red Room Poetry, Verity La, Spineless Wonders and Review of Australian Fiction; and been shortlisted for numerous awards including the International Bath Flash Fiction Award, Julie Lewis Literary Award, & the Spineless Wonders Australian Icons. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and Writing from Curtin University.

Caroline mentors new and emerging poets and is also an Arts Support Worker at Tutti Arts, working alongside artists with disabilities to make theatre and poetry. Aided by an arts grant from the South Australian government, she is currently working with sound engineer Jeff Zhang to record SIARAD as an Audio Book. It is due for release in November 2020.


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