Solli Raphael is an award-winning slam poet who rose to fame after his Facebook video of his winning poem at the Australian Poetry Slam national final at the Sydney Opera House went viral, with 3.5 million views in the first 24 hours.
Solli is a budding humanitarian and environmental activist and is known as a game changer amongst his peers. He is most famously known for his solo live performances at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in a stadium of 35,000 and broadcasted live to 1.5 billion people worldwide, along with his inspirational slam poetry delivered in front of 5,000 people at TEDxSydney, and his motivational poem ‘Australian Air’ at the Sydney Opera House where he was crowned the 2017-18 Australian Poetry Slam national champion.
Solli uses his poetry as a platform to raise awareness for topics he is passionate about including climate change, equality, deforestation, bullying and the war on waste. Solli’s new book Limelight contains over 30 poems and 5 chapters on how to write and read poetry, how to manage stage fright and writer’s block, and encouraging tips on how we can all make tomorrow better than today. Solli believes that age is no barrier to creating social change.