On Australia Day, 26 January at the Canterbury-Bankstown civic meeting, Sara Mansour, co-founder of the Bankstown Poetry Slam (BPS) was awarded the Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year Award.
Founded in 2013, the BPS is the first regular poetry slam of Western Sydney, and has gained national recognition as the largest regular slam in the country. Heralding in over 300 people every month, BPS has featured renowned spoken word poets such as Mark Gonzales, Amal Kassir, Candy Royalle Omar Musa and Luka Lesson.
“I was really surprised when my name was announced. I wasn’t expecting it at all. I feel really humbled to be recognised in my own community and feel empowered to keep working hard with my team on the Bankstown Poetry Slam projects.” said Sara Mansour, co-founder and current director of BPS.
Sara Mansour received a large number of congratulatory messages from diverse quarters:
The BPS team expressed “their solidarity with the first peoples of the nation for their pain and oppression that this day represents. We share our stories on Darug land as was done for thousands of years before us.”
“The Art Gallery Society of New South Wales congratulates Sara Mansouron being named ‘Young Citizen of the Year’ at the Canterbury-Bankstown’s 2017 Australia Day awards. Sarah has been and continues to be instrumental in bringing the Bankstown Poetry Slam ‘Glam slam’ to the Art Gallery of New South Wales.”
How’s this for diversity. With the winners of Australia Day awards for Canterbury Bankstown, including the incredible Sara Mansour from the Bankstown Poetry Slam.
“A huge congrats to Sara who was awarded the Young Citizen of the Year Award at Canterbury-Bankstown’s Australia Day ceremony today!! The BPS team would also like to express solidarity with the first peoples of the nation for the pain and oppression that this day represents. On the last Tuesday of the month, we share our stories on Darug land as was done for thousands of years before us. We extend the invitation to all Australians to join us at our poetry evenings and continue this oral tradition in order to break down barriers and discuss the topical issues dominating our beautiful landscape. #bankstownpoetryslam #congrats #youngcitizenoftheyear #canterburybankstown #australiaday #straya #maaaateeeeeee”