By: Solli Raphael
Genre: YDP - Poetry (Children's / Teenage)
Published by: Penguin
Published: 3 Sep 2018
ISBN: 9780143793762


Sf Book Of The Month

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.


When I received this book by a 13-year-old slam poet I was a little hesitant, as I wasn’t even sure what a slam poet was, but wow!

Solli just wants to make the world better, and he is sure going about it the right way. He may even succeed in re-introducing poetry to a younger audience, something I would love to see (and I’m sure many others would too!). With the exception of Steven Herrick and a few others who have done some wonderful work, there has been a fairly limited amount of quality Australian poetry for youth in recent years. However, Limelight really is something new and different. It’s contemporary, and has the potential to reignite poetry in this unique style.

Solli won the Australian slam poetry competition at the Sydney Opera House at his first attempt, aged 12. He performed at the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony, and he is truly inspirational.

His book is partially autobiographical, and partially made up of his poetry writings, and both sections are fantastic. He wants to be a game changer and he is certainly heading well down the path of making the world a better place.

A great, easy to read experience for all students, particularly those aged 10 –15 years.

Reviewed by Rob