About me

Will Small is a refreshing and thoughtful Australian voice; poetically fusing together influences in philosophy, literature and hip-hop, to communicate in a unique and powerful way. His writing is informed by faith, doubt, fatherhood and a relentless desire to ask better questions, tell better stories and inspire a fresh collective narrative where no voice is forgotten or left out.

Will has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) majoring in English and Philosophy from the Australian National University, where he wrote an innovative thesis titled: ‘Slamming Hip-hop in Secondary Schools: Rethinking the Ways we Teach Poetry’ and developed the ‘Voice Poetry Slam’ program, using hip-hop and slam poetry to give a voice to marginalised young people throughout the ACT & NSW.

Will first performed his own poetry in 2007 at a heat of the Australian Poetry Slam. He quickly developed a love of the spoken word format, and has since been a national finalist at the Sydney Opera House twice including being chosen as the ABC Radio National Wildcard in 2013 for his poem ‘Op Shop Jacket’. Will is also a previous winner of the ANU Uni Pub Short Story Competition, and his short story ‘The Promise’ was published in Award Winning Australian Writing 2011.

Will has a story to tell for every audience, and a diverse repertoire of work that marvels at the wonders of birth, confronts the injustices of a chaotic world, and dwells on simple moments of hope.

Will speaks regularly about healthy masculinity, self-awareness, emotionally aware parenting, developing a creative practice and making room to truly hear the voices of others.

Previous speaking experience

Will has been speaking for over ten years, integrating his unique mix of spoken word poetry and story-driven communication to distil every message down to its essence. A 2X Australian Poetry Slam national finalist, and host of Man;Kind podcast commissioned by the Central Coast Council, Will has spoken to audiences of all sizes, delivering presentations for organisations including the NSW Department of Education, NSW Communities & Justice, Central Coast Council, Transform Aid International, Compassion Australia, The Salvation Army, University of Newcastle and more.

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