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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 me

to 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.

  • Pub date: 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, Solli Raphael is the youngest winner of the Australian Poetry Slam held at Sydney Opera House annually. A budding humanitarian, he hopes to become an inspirational leader among his peers. Solli enjoys writing powerful and emotive poetry and performing pieces to instigate change in the areas he feels are critical for attention and action such as social equality, the environment and animal protection.

Solli loves hanging out with his Chihuahua, Winston, and thrives on challenges such as training for 10 km running events. As well as his school work and performing at festivals and public speaking events, this motivated teen enjoys playing the saxophone, swimming, drama and playing boules with his great-grandmother. He hopes to become a pilot one day.

Now 14, Solli is keen to use the platforms of performing and writing to tackle current social issues – big and small. He wants to encourage his generation to participate in conversations about issues that affect their lives, sending out the challenge, be a game changer with me!


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


Awards & Recognition

  • Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards

    Shortlisted • 2019 • 8–10 Years


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