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There will be 'Boundless Possible' at Wild Words this October, with the Northern Territory’s controversial new slogan set to get chins wagging.

By Tamara Howie

Host and English teacher Shele Parker Black says the ‘deliberately jarring’ but grammatically incorrect slogan is the theme because it seems everyone wants to talk about it.

“I had so many of the Wild Words regulars coming up to me and talking about it, making fun of it and telling me how they had amended it to try and make it grammatically correct or have it make sense,” Black says.

“I had too many of those conversations to ignore, so I wanted to give people the opportunity to respond.”

Black says she expects regulars of the monthly spoken word event to show their true colours when responding to Boundless Possible – whether it be satirical or personal.

“I think it’s a nice prompt that allows us to talk about what we understand this place to be, and it gives us the opportunity to do things that are heartfelt,” she says.

“It also gives us room to move, explore and play with our words.”

Wild Words attracts a diverse mix of wordsmiths every month, and isn’t against having some politicians drop in to hear some public opinions on the campaign.

“Everyone is welcome, we’re a radically inclusive event,” Black says with a laugh.

Emerging writers and those new to the spoken word world are welcomed at Wild Words with open arms by a solid group of passionate and supportive regulars.

“It’s just a wonderful community event,” Black says.

“I personally am trying to make emerging writers feel as safe as they possibly can and support them to a point where they can share their work – everyone is incredibly supportive.”

Sun 28 Oct | 3-5pm | Railway Club | $5 | Free, Participants | See the event listing

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