Sara Mansour is a recent law graduate who co-founded Bankstown Poetry Slam in February 2013. It has become the largest regular spoken word event in the country, attracting an average of 300 people per month. An Australian-born, Punchbowl-bred Muslim, she has been heavily involved in community work and the arts since Bankstown Poetry Slam’s inception, performing locally and internationally, facilitating workshops and featuring on numerous panels. In 2016, she programmed and executed Real Talk, a project that delivers free spoken word workshops to students across seven Western Sydney high schools. Her work was recognised at last year’s inaugural Out There Summit where she accepted the Pemulwuy Prize 2016 from the Prime Minister.