2015/16 AUSTRALIAN POETRY SLAM CHAMPION
Multi-award winning poet, Philip Wilcox, is the current Australian Poetry Slam Champion and a two time NSW Poetry Slam Champion. Philip hosts and co-organises Three Poets Speak – a Sydney showcase of the finest spoken word artists from around Australia. He has featured in major events like Sydney Writers' Festival, Wollongong Writers' Festival and Newtown Festival, where he performed for a crowd of over 8,000. He recently headlined the Melbourne event Voices in the Attic and represented NSW against Victoria in an interstate exhibition slam.
Philip is also a playwright. He co-wrote and directed Thursday - the most popular production of the 2013 Sydney Fringe Comedy Festival. By day he is a children’s entertainer and studying to be a school teacher. By night he shares the stage with hip hop artists and poets like Omar Musa, Luka Lesson and Solo (Horrorshow).
'"Fresh" "Relevant", "Engaging", "Exciting". "Dynamic" are all overused words. Philip Wilcox is not a word, overused or otherwise. But he uses words very goodly. Like, when he's on stage you actually wanna watch him, and not just check your fucken phone. Ah, what the hell - Philip Wilcox is a Fresh, Relevant, Engaging, Exciting, Dynamic (that spells FREED, maaan!) speaker of the spaken word / performer. And he hasn't even paid me for this ad. Not yet..."
- Tug Dumbly
Godfather of Australian Spoken Word
"Philip Wilcox challenges audiences with a strong mix of humour and the kind of political insight that steers distinctly clear of the didactic or prescriptive. He asks us questions about our humanity that are frank and difficult to answer. He has us laughing one minute, then suddenly realising that deep down we are the butt of his jokes. He causes people to howl, scream and leap to their feet cheering with thoughts echoing in their heads like "Wait? Shouldn't I be upset? He's actually talking about me?". In the midst of all the applause, he gracefully returns his smoking microphone to it's melting stand and burns into our imaginations like a poetic brand."
- Miles Merrill
Director of Word Travels, Founder of The Australian Poetry Slam
"Philip has always been a natural on stage - for his ability to engage the audience with his wit, humour, lyrical lessons and authenticity. I'll never forget seeing him receive a massive standing ovation at packed out Art Party - the sign of true mastery of one's artform."
- Jessie Ray
Founder and Creator of Art Party
"Humility is a mirror. Folks can't see through it but they end up seeing themselves. Philip Wilcox exudes this graciously."
- Abe Nouk
Victorian Poetry Slam Champion