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 Australian's spoken word scene. In 2018 and 2019 she was a finalist in the Australian Poetry Slam, both times qualifying for the final round of top 5 poets. She won the inaugural Draw your (S)words Slam in 2017, and the Goolwa Poetry Cup and Zest Fest Senior Slam in 2019. Other highlights include performing at her brother & sister-in-law's wedding, receiving a grant from the South Australian government to record SIARAD as an Audiobook during a pandemic, and treading the boards at Adelaide Writers Week Hear Me Roar! spoken word events in 2019 & 2020 where she shared the stage with a bunch of excellent poets such as Maxine Beneba Clarke, Ali Cobby Eckermann, wāni, Luka Lesson, Solli Raphael, David Stavanger, Melanie Mununngurr-Williams, Joelle Taylor and H.M. Naqvi.
Caroline was commissioned to write her first full-length play for Black Swan Theatre Company in 1997. Since then her plays have been broadcast, performed in international festivals, and published (Prayer to an Iron God, Currency Press 2010). Her poems and stories appear in numerous literary journals including Cordite, Red Room Poetry, Verity La, Spineless Wonders and Review of Australian Fiction and her work has been shortlisted for awards including the International Bath Flash Fiction Award, Julie Lewis Literary Award, Spineless Wonders Australian Icons and the 2019 Monologue Adventure.
A recipient of the prestigious Arts South Australia Emerging Artist grant in 2019, Caroline is working on her first novel under the mentorship of Toni Jordan through the Australian Writers Mentoring Program. She is also a part-time Arts Support Worker at Tutti Arts, working alongside artists with disabilities to make theatre and poetry.