Riverbend Poetry Series, April 27 – the launch of Small Packages 11

April 27 is fast closing in and I for one am looking forward to it, as that si the date issue 11 of QLD’s finest literary mag Small Packages hits the shelves of Riverbend Books as part of the second event in the 2010 Riverbend Poetry Series.

The night will feature readings from Melbourne’s Kent MacCarter and award winning QLD poets Tim Collins & Nathan Shepherdson as well as readings from Small Packages 11 by founding editors Rob Morris and Francis Boyle and a range of special guests.

For those who remember the launch of Small Packages 10 at Riverbend Books this is definitely not an event to be missed. After 11 years at the helm, Rob Morris and Francis Boyle still seem to channel the electricity one feels when launching a debut issue… and their energy is not only infectious in person, it flows throughout the pages of every issue and from what I have seen of issue 11, it has that same electric-vibe.

Here’s a sneak preview of  a poem (and image) from issue 11 by Rob Morris.


                                                           The Returning

                                                           He said that he returned
                                                                           to that shining morning
                                                                           he was only three.
                                                            He ripped along Gregory Terrace
                                                            the crowd lifting him
                                                            like a boisterous breeze.
                                                            He was a Telegraph Tike
                                                                            The Castrol Kid
                                                            and he showed Brisbane wonder.
                                                            He said that it returned to him;
                                                                             his father, the people,
                                                                                             the intensity,
                                                                             till he recalibrated
                                                                                             Up and …
                                                                             over the century

In 1927, three and a half year old Kevin Kronk rode his bike down Gregory Terrace to the cheers of Brisbane people. His Castrol shirt was sent from England just for him.


Riverbend Poetry Series:

Queensland Poetry Festival, QLD Writers Centre & Riverbend Books are proud to present the second event in the Riverbend Poetry Series for 2010. Join us on the Riverbend deck as we showcase another exciting mix of local and interstate poets. The April event features the award-winning words of Nathan Shepherdson (Apples With Human Skin), Tim Collins reading from his latest, hard-hitting collection, The Crooked Floor, the launch of QLD’s favourite poetry journal, Small Packages and interstate guest Kent MacCarter (In The Hungry Middle Of Here).

Date: Tuesday 27 April
Location: Riverbend Books, 193 Oxford St. Bulimba
Time: Doors open for the event at 6pm for a 6:30pm start
Tickets: $10 available through Riverbend Books and include sushi and complimentary wine. To purchase tickets, call Riverbend Books on (07) 3899 8555 or book online at http://www.riverbendbooks.com.au/Events/EventDetails.aspx?ID=2242

These events are always hugely popular, so book early to avoid disappointment!


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