Cindy Keong’s impressive debut collection, Same Sky is the second release in the Another Lost Shark Publications First Words series and will be launched on Saturday July 27 at The Hideaway (188 Brunswick St Fortitude Valley) as part of the July SpeedPoets event.
Doors will open on the day at 1:30pm and entry will be a gold coin donation.
The book has been printed in a limited edition of 100 copies on acid free, recycled stock with a cover design by Benjamin ‘Kids in Cloaks’ Portas. Copies will be available at the special launch price of $10 following Cindy’s first Brisbane reading from the collection.
Also performing on the day will be Ghostboy w/ Sir Richard Grantham and the 2013 Arts QLD Poet-in-Residence, Shane Rhodes (Canada).
Here’s the full details:
Another Lost Shark Publications launches
Same Sky by Cindy Keong
When: Saturday July 27, 1:30pm – 5:00pm
Where: The Hideaway, 188 Brunswick St Fortitude Valley
Entry: Gold Coin Donation
But for those of you who are not able to make it along and want to secure a copy of Same Sky before they sell out, keep an eye on the site this month as I will be making the book available to readers in the week prior to the launch.
I will also be posting an interview with Cindy this month and a handful of poems from the collection.
This Lost Shark is one happy publisher!
Discount… now there is a word that rarely fails to put a smile on the face. And this time, it’s a poetry discount… what could be better!
My month long series of workshops, ‘Developing Your Poetry Practice‘ is coming up in October and the good people at QLD Writers Centre have generously offered a discount to all those interested in enrolling. The series will be held on Wednesday nights – October 10, 17, 24, and 31 – from 6pm – 8pm.
The Discounted Price is now as follows:
QWC Members $104 (normally $130)
QWC Concession Members $94 (normally $117)
Non-members $152 (normally $190)
So if you are looking to dedicate more time to your writing craft, have a project on the horizon, or are wanting to learn some valuable new writing and editing techniques, I would love to see you this October… I have already dubbed it ‘poetry month’ on the calendar!
To get the discount, phone QWC on 3842 9922 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org before booking.
The other great discount on offer, is to David ‘Ghostboy’ Stavanger’s ‘From Page to Stage: Writing for Performance‘ workshop. This innovative workshop will introduce participants to the key elements of creating & writing for performance, with a strong focus on writing performance poetry & spoken word; as well as lyrics in response to music, improv dialogue, poetic story, absurdist text for performance art and performance technique. Explore aspects of poetry slam and generating performance opportunities. Over the course of the workshop, participants will write a number of group and individual pieces as well as critiquing and performing pieces for the group.
The one day workshop will be held on Sunday October 28 and is currently being offered at the following price:
QWC Members $99 (normally $110)
QWC Concession Members $89 (normally $99)
Non-members $144 (normally $160)
Brisbane Festival is in full swing and already I have had the extreme pleasure of seeing Mia Dyson, play from her latest album, The Moment. I can’t speak highly enough of this album… it continues to worm its way deeper into my consciousness with each listen. From the opener, When The Moment Comes, Dyson lets you know that she is taking no prisoners. It barrels out at breakneck speed, the line ‘you’ll know what to do when the moment comes’ ringing with even greater truth after Dyson’s recent time in the USA, where she was lured with the promise of big opportunities, but stood tall and stayed true to her sound. It is an album of triumph and her performance last Thursday night was also that… a triumph. In the glorious surrounds of The Speigeltent, Mia mesmerised, charmed and filled the heart of every true listener with hope. I can’t wait to see where she goes from here…
Then for the third time this year, I had the privilege of seeing Charge Group play live in the Metro Arts Alleyway. This band just seems to get better every time I see them, and despite the ‘doof-doof’ spill from The Victory, Charge Group generated an energy that was nothing less than compelling, their songs swinging from angular to anthemic. Their self-titled sophomore release is still my Australian album of the year and is going to take some knocking off. Here’s the clip for their third single from the album, The Jaguar Complex. Seriously, if you get the chance to see them live, take it and be ready to fall in love with their sound!
And to round out my Brisbane Festival experience, I am heading off to see Ghostboy with Sir Lady Richard Grantham and their show, We Love You (as much as everybody else does). Described as a neo-cabaret-comedy-cannibal show, it is bound to have you wiping the sweat off your brow and the tears from your eyes. Nobody takes it to the crowd like Ghostboy, so if you want some truly live art, get your ticket here!
After sitting in on drums with The Lucky Ones last night at The Back Room, I am eager to hit the mic for the first home leg of the 2012 touring season this coming Friday.
David Stavanger (aka Ghostboy) has put together an all-star jam featuring some of the hottest poets and performers this city has to offer to launch the 2012 Australian Poetry Slam.
Aptly titled, Let the Words Take Flight showcases the word in all its glory with short sets from curator of the highly successful ‘Spoken’ shows Mandy Beaumont; Slammer extraordinaire Robin ‘Archie’ Archbold; fresh from Canberra, co-creator of Bad!Slam!No!Biscuit!, Adam Hadley; the swoon-inducing duo of Betsy Turcot & Eleanor Jackson; folk-punkers, Mr & Mrs Woolf; bush poet and entertainer, Noel Stallard; host of the JamJar Slam, the irrepressible, Darkwing Dubs; the always outlandish, Pascalle Burton; founding vocalist of The Winnie Coopers, The Educator; and the oceanic swell of Sheish Money & this Lost Shark.
All this plus performances by hosts Tessa Leon and Ghostboy w/ Sir Richard Grantham.
Fireworks will have nothing on this gig!
Here’s the details:
When: Friday June 29, 7:00pm-9:30pm.
Doors @ 6:30pm
Where: The State Library of QLD, QLD Terrace
Cost: Free but reservations preferred (for numbers)
More info/reservations: http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on/calevents/general/awards/APS12/flight
Next Wednesday night, I will be hitting the stage with Brisbane’s sonic mistress, Pascalle Burton as part of the inaugural, FreeVerse event, emceed by the wild and wonderful Ghostboy. Pascalle and I will be trading words, letting our poems rub up against each other so that they create their own spontaneous dialogue! And we both have a little surprise in store for the audience in the form of a cover version. Yes, Pascalle has given one of my poems a little sonic makeover and I have reworked one of her poems in a way that may just free the inner performer in the most unusual way… Intrigued? Well, I look forward to seeing you all next Wednesday night, February 15 as we light up the Red Box at State Library.
And to leave you, here’s one of Pascalle’s aural texts to light up your night:
The delightful Fiona Bell of Dada Doesn’t Catch Flies, has been firing questions at some of the local artists who will be hitting the QLD Poetry Festival stage. So far she has chatted with Carmen Leigh Keates, Nicola Scholes, Ghostboy & my lovely wife, Julie Beveridge (yes, that’s her arm below).
She has also been posting poems and other morsels for you to devour, so, if you have not yet taken the left turn to Fiona’s site, then now’s the time!
Only 10 days to go…
After a couple of days at home, I am starting to feel back on the Brisbane clock, but I am sure I will feel even more at home when I get behind the mic with the mighty Sheish Money at The Back Room’s Mid-Winter Session this coming Wednesday. Let me just say… the line up crackles!
Lighting up The Back Room at Confit Bistro (4/9 Dogget St, Fortitude Valley) this Wednesday night (July 27) alongside Sheish and I will be the twisted tunes and bent words of Ghostboy & Skye Staniford, co-editor of the legendary Going Down Swinging and all round literary over-achiever, Geoff Lemon, performance ensemble Zen Zen Zo and an exhibition of new work by fashion illustrator, Oliver Searle.
To give you a taste of what to expect on the night, here’s a quick hit from Geoff Lemon, live from the 2009 Nimbin Performance Poetry World Cup:
and this from the belly of Ghostboy with Golden Virtues:
And with San Francisco still firing all my synapses I will be hollering the words of some of their favourite sons and daughters and I know that Sheish has a few new songs ready to burst, so …
the walls of the place just might implode. Make sure you are there to find out!
If you can make it along, drop a comment on the post and let me know numbers or shoot me an email at geenunn(at)yahoo(dot)com(dot)au and I will look after the rest.
Entry is free and the doors open at 6pm with the live sounds beginning to rumble from 6:30pm.
Hope to see many of you there,