Age is no barrier to creating poetry that inspires social change and positive action. Award-winning teenage slam poet Solli Raphael is taking on the world … one word at a time.
The future needs you and me
to create equality
across all levels
Limelight is a unique collection of slam poetry paired with inspirational writing techniques. With over 30 original poems in different forms, the book features the viral video sensation ‘Australian Air’, which has been viewed over 4 million times via Facebook. Solli’s work tackles current social concerns for his generation, such as sustainability and social equality, all the while amplifying his uplifting message of hope.
The book includes several introductory chapters looking at traditional poetry forms and slam poetry, as well as tips on developing writing ideas and performing. Filled with his own experiences of creating poetry and speaking in public, such as Solli’s top 10 ways to manage writer’s block, this book engages kids on their level and encourages them to speak up for a better future of their own.
As a voice of his generation, and at a time when youth movements worldwide hold much importance, this extraordinary book showcases creativity and the power of social consciousness.
“Solli's enthusiasum for poetry is clear in the description of his journey, and slam poetry in particular. Readers will learn how it works and perhaps be inspired to try their hand at slam poetry themselves. Limelight is a great introduction to a new, young writer, and I think we will be hearing more from Solli Raphael in the future.”
Kids' Book Review
Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards
Shortlisted • 2019 • 8–10 Years