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  • Published: 3 September 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143794554
  • Imprint: Penguin Random House Australia Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 1 hr 48 min
  • Narrator: Solli Raphael
  • RRP: $13.99

Limelight




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 meto create equality across all levels of humanity ~ Solli

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.

  • Published: 3 September 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143794554
  • Imprint: Penguin Random House Australia Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 1 hr 48 min
  • Narrator: Solli Raphael
  • RRP: $13.99

About the author

Solli Raphael

At 12 years of age, Solli Raphael was titled the youngest ever winner of the Australian Poetry Slam held at the Sydney Opera House after he performed 'Australian Air' – a poem about political wisdom, environmental awareness and the importance of social consciousness. He then rose to fame after his winning performance was viewed online over four million times in 24 hours.

Now 15, Solli is a globally renowned poet and keynote speaker; having led workshops; performed and spoken at conferences, schools and universities. Additionally (and passionately), Solli is an environmental activist and humanitarian who works closely as an ambassador for four charities and organisations.

Solli’s first book Limelight, was published in 2018 and has received accolades for its capacity to engage students in poetry, having also won a Nautilus Book Award in 2019 for best middle-grade nonfiction.

Solli enjoys writing powerful and emotive pieces to instigate change in the areas he feels are critical for attention and action such as social equality, the environment and animal protection. This inspirational teen thrives to empower the global youth movement whilst redefining the possibilities for a young person.

Solli’s second book, Spotlight, will be released in September 2020.

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Praise for Limelight

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

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Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards

Shortlisted  •  2019  •  8–10 Years

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