The four-day event also features comedian Kitty Flanagan and songwriting superstars Leo Sayer, Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet) and Taasha Coates from The Audreys.
MCs from around Australia will compete for a share of $12,000 in cash and prizes, while the public is encouraged to get involved in an array of free events including soapbox, a poetry and short story reading and indigenous storytelling.
Word Adelaide creative director Jane Intini said she looked forward to the festival unfolding.
“It’s getting close now and I can’t wait to see Word Adelaide come together – it’s been a real team effort and we can’t wait for people to experience the festival,” Jane said.
“We’re so pleased to have partnered on events with the State Theatre Company, State Library of South Australia and the SALA Festival. There’s a lot happening and it’s not far away!”
Word Adelaide kicks off with Yarn Spinning with Kitty Flanagan, which will be held at the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel from 7.30pm on Thursday 15 August.
Five guest yarn spinners will join the fun – Eddie Bannon, Sheridan Stewart, John Schumann, Ian Henschke and current world champ Dave Flanagan – and with competitors vying for a $1000 audience-judged first prize, it’s sure to be an incredible night.
Friday will see MCs clash at the Thebarton Theatre, with up-and-coming rappers from across the country sharing the stage with professionals.
Saturday’s program includes In Their Own Words at Her Majesty’s Theatre. Matt Lucas, in his only Australian appearance, will be joined by Kitty Flanagan, Professor Roly Sussex and host Guy Pratt for a hilarious insight into the inner workings of some of the world’s funniest people.
On Sunday stars Leo Sayer, Gary Kemp and Taasha Coates will gather with Guy Pratt for Words Without Music at Her Majesty’s Theatre. They’ll delve into their hits, misses and all the stories in between. They will even play a tune or two, so don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime line-up.
When: 15-18 August 2013
Where: Various venues around Adelaide
Bookings: Visit the Word Adelaide website