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Help Make A Difference: Raising funds for a High School Poetry Project

I have spoken at length on many occasions about the state of poetry in schools (most notably this article: The Death of Poetry in Australian Classrooms), so each year, I make it my business to ensure I offer workshops to teachers and students where I can, to help bring a love of poetry back to the classroom.  But one person can only do so much… that’s where you come in.

As part of his recent residency, 2011 Arts QLD Poet-in-Residence, Jacob Polley, collaboratively wrote a stunning long poem, titled Daily Rituals, Vernacular River: A Telegraphing of Brisbane, with four students from the QLD Academy of Creative Industries (QACI). The poem is elegantly designed and printed on fold out card, to simultaneously represent the flow of the river and the rise of the city; five voices melding together to bring us snapshots of a day in Brisbane’s history and the lives of the poets.

The Story Bridge is open like a book
that tells a tale about the city’s people
from point to Valley, bank to bank, across
the river’s jagged mouth. One must begin
the journey down between the flow of words
Vernacular rivers are spoken, unconfined.

The poem, Daily Rituals, Vernacular River, is a fine reminder of what can be achieved when poetry is skillfully introduced into the classroom; of the thrill and passion that poetry can produce in us all. So to help make a difference, Jacob came up with the idea of establishing a Poetry Competition for High School students in 2012. The competition will be administered by Queensland Poetry Festival, and judged by Jacob and a prominent Australian poet.  QLD Poetry Festival also plans to send poets out into schools to run workshops and give readings, to generate some real excitement and give the project authenticity. But as you know, all of this requires funds…

Here’s how you can help:

A copy of Daily Rituals, Vernacular River can be yours for just $5. The full amount of every purchase will go towards establishing the Competition. The goal is to raise enough funds to offer first, second, and third place cash prizes, as well as run poetry workshops for high school students across the state. As an added bonus, Queensland Writers Centre has generously pledged to match the total amount of money raised.

To pick up a copy of the poem and to help make a difference, visit www.queenslandpoetryfestival.com, click on the Paypal button on the home page, and away you go. If you don’t have paypal and still want to contribute, just send an email to Sarah Gory at qldpoetry@gmail.com with ‘DAILY RITUALS’ in the subject heading, and she’ll get back to you to arrange a suitable method of payment. 

And never one to shy away from helping out, I am also getting on board to give this project a push and raise these much needed funds. Each year I publish Brisbane New Voices as a way of showcasing some of the fine talent emerging from this great city. I have 20 copies of this gorgeous publication available at $12 each, and I plan to donate 100% of all sales to establishing this exciting High School Poetry Competition in 2012.

To get yourself a copy email me at geenunn(at)yahoo(dot)com(dot)au with the subject ‘High School Poetry Project’ and we can arrange payment from there.

You can also help by spreading the word wide and far… facebook it, tweet it, blog it, email it, shout it from your kitchen window! The wider the word spreads, the better.

Join with me… together, we can make a difference!

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Farewell Jacob

Jacob Polley’s time as 2011 Arts QLD Poet-in-Residence is sadly coming to a close. I know that I speak for many when I say that he has made an invaluable contribution to our poetry community, during his stay; his deep love of poetry, his warmth and skill as a teacher and his sublime readings have inspired writers all over the state. I am super excited to hear, read and see his legacy poem, written in collaboration with a number of students from QLD Academy of Creative Industries, that will be launched tonight. I have heard on the vine that it looks pretty special… So, to celebrate what has been a superb residency, here’s a video from Jacob’s reading at SpeedPoets on Sunday August 7. Safe travels Jacob… hope to see you back here one day soon.

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Meet the 2011 Arts QLD Poet-in-Residence, Jacob Polley

Jacob Polley is well and truly set up at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts and his residence is already building momentum. His workshop series starts tomorrow night at QLD Writers Centre and he is heading up to Rockhampton for workshops and readings later this week. Here’s a link to an interview he did with ABC Radio’s Kelly Higgins-Devine just after he arrived on our shores.

And remember, if you want to experience Jacob’s transcendental style live, make sure you book yourself a ticket to QLD Poetry Festival’s, opening night event, Of Rhythm and Rapture on Friday August 26. It’s a stellar line up featuring, Jacob Polley (UK), Sawako Nakayasu (Japan), Australian Poetry’s Poet-in-Residence, Sandra Thibodeaux and acclaimed singer-songwriter, Kate Fagan. Tickets are available here, so book early and don’t miss out.

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QLD Poetry Festival announces the 2011 Arts QLD Poet-in-Residence

The announcement of the Arts QLD Poet-in-Residence (PIR) is always an exciting one. The selected poet is given the opportunity to reside in our state for up to 3months (July – September) to write, engage with the local  and regional poetry community and perform at both QLD Poetry Festival and Brisbane Writers Festival. Past PIR’s include Jacqueline Turner (Canada), Paul Durcan (Ireland), Michael Hoffman (UK), Hinemoana Baker (NZ) and Emily XYZ (USA). Each poet has brought something unique to their residency, and many continue to have a lasting impact on the state of poetry in QLD.

So I was thrilled when I read the announcement that UK poet, Jacob Polley had been selected as the 2011 Arts QLD Poet-in-Residence. I am a great admirer of Jacob’s work and am really looking forward to seeing what he brings to the residency.

Jacob has published two poetry collections, The Brink (2003) and Little Gods (2006), as well as a novel, Talk of the Town (2009). His work has won many awards and has been described as,

Measured, musical and understated. The kind of poetry that imbues the everyday, the tarnished and burnished, with the possibilities of the transcendent. 

Jacob has also collaborated with filmmaker Ian Fenton and has worked extensively with disadvantaged youth.

You can read and listen to a great selection of Jacob’s work at the Poetry Archive and I can also recommend watching the film (for which he wrote the screenplay), Flickerman and the Ivory-Skinned Woman. There is also a great selection of Jacob’s work at his own website www.jacobpolley.com and the QLD Poetry Festival website will be the best place to keep up to date with Jacob’s residency.

I am looking forward to July already.

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