LIMELIGHT, by Solli Raphael, Andrews McMeel Publishing


Age is no barrier to creating poetry that inspires social change and positive action. Thirteen-year-old award-winning 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 3.5 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.

Out September 2018 – Penguin Australia

Reissued August 2019 – Andrews McMeel Publishing

120 Pages Approx.


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

This book is an amazing journey told by a lovely individual who is known as a poet, performer and now an author.  This is an excellent book describing how one person determined to succeed with his dreams at such a young age. He’s a regular guy, who loves sports, being creative, and playing musical instruments such as the saxophone and keyboard, to name two.  He trains  to run long distance marathons. He always dreamed about becoming a slam poet and became one. At the time this book was written, he was thirteen.

Now, he’s an author.

This young man writes about his journey, his successes and how to write poetry. He breaks down how to write poetry and forms of figurative speech often used in poetry.  He talks about writer’s block, shows a few writing prompts and basically, does what others do in breaking down key points used when writing.

Then he addresses performing, breaking down stage fright, and discussing opportunities available.

Finally, he provides some of his own poetry.

Solli is the youngest winner of the Australian Poetry Slam at the Sydney Opera House held annually.  He addresses many topics with his poetry, namely social equality, the environment, and animal protection. This book promotes creativity and the  power of social  consciousness.

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