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Live at Brisbane Square Library this Friday

Throw open your calendars and clear the decks for this Friday evening – 5:30pm to 6:30pm – as it’s one of those all too rare occasions that sees Sheish Money and I team up for an extended feature set. And what makes it even more special is Sheish and I, will be joined by Moveable Feast members, Giselle Sheehy and Chris Churchus, to make the library shake a little!

Graham Nunn live at SLQ

The thought of playing with this mighty 3-piece in a library on a Friday night has got me itching; I can’t wait for the band to let their swaggering riffs fill the room and to let my words find the spaces between it all. And as we like to keep things spontaneous, each gig feels like walking a tightrope; though I have to say, there is no better safety net than the fullness of Sheish’s guitar roar.

Joining us on Friday will be madcap sketch comedy group, The Sexy Detectives. With each of us will playing three 8-10 min spots, there’s bound to be some lively interplay.

So come along and watch how Sheish and co. turn my words into gold; find out how far The Sexy Detectives can stretch your smile; and help those library walls shake a little. It’s Friday, and we couldn’t think of any place better to invite you!

Alchemy feat. Graham Nunn + Moveable Feast and The Sexy Detectives
Brisbane Square Library (266 George St)
5:30pm – 6:30pm
Entry is Free


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Your mid-week live poetry fix

It’s National Poetry Week, so here’s a healthy hit of live poetry…

First up, here’s a link to listen to Poetica’s ‘National Poetry Week’ show, featuring the work of some of this country’s finest new voices – Michelle Dicinoski, Fiona Wright, Eileen Chong & Anthony Lynch; as well as the work of the late Rosemary Dobson and QLD stalwart, Bruce Dawe.

You can listen to the full show here.

Next, here’s a clip from QLD Poetry Festival 2012, featuring Pascalle Burton and Tylea. This piece closed Tylea’s set and the festival, so it’s a real pleasure to relive it again. [In other Tylea news, you can catch her at the Dowse Bar on Sunday Sept. 16]

While we are talking all things QLD Poetry Festival, here’s a link to the official photo roll of the event. Again, it’s wonderful to relive what was a poetically monumental weekend!

And last of all, here’s a clip of me reading my poem Beyond at the now sadly defunct, Back Room readings at Confit Bistro. As always Sheish Money is beside me doing what he does best…

[Big thanks to Francis Boyle for supplying the video footage]


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Another Lost Shark 2012 Tour: Let the Words Take Flight

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


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Next stop Tasmania…

It’s been another massive year for this Lost Shark, with trips to Melbourne, Blackall, Murgon & Hervey Bay. And in just over a week, Sheish and I will be flying south for a guest spot at the 2011 Tasmanian Poetry Festival.

The program has just been released, featuring a poem from each of the guest poets including, Andrew Burke, Les Wicks, Sandra Thibodeaux & Petra White. To get a taste of each of the fine poets who we will be sharing the stage with, head to the Festival website. I just know we are going to have a ball.

So, Tassie… here we come!


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The Back Room’s All Star Menu: featuring Pascalle Burton

Tomorrow night is your last chance to dine out on the fine food and live arts served up by, The Back Room at Confit Bistro. One of the highlights of the all-star menu is avant-garde performance poet musician-lady, Pascalle Burton.

Pascalle flirts shamelessly with poetry, music and visual art. She has performed at many venues and festivals both in Australia and overseas.  She recently played around with David Stavanger, Nathan Shepherdson and reversible poetry on her project, The Outlandish Watch, which is available on 7” vinyl. She performs in The Stress of Leisure, who will be October’s Resident Musicians at the Brisbane Powerhouse and soon releasing their own 7”, Sex Time. Her Lavender Room Zine-in-a-Matchbox series has been nominated in the 2011 Golden Stapler Awards and in 2008, Small Change Press published her debut collection, A Vast Laugh.


± reminders
the person you felt like killing?
you did.
fashion costs less if you stop
buying into it
if I repeat this line
will it get stuck in your head?
multiple cars rear-end the ghosts
of victims
of machismo-wielding drivers
how many exhibitions have been cut short?
how many protests worked?
how much lipstick do we eat?
if I repeat this line
will it get stuck in your head?

there is a small cat in the carpet
leading to endless bedtime stories
with the same character
dreams are set in different tourist destinations
they are doing a world tour
to a sellout crowd
if I repeat this line
will it get stuck in your head?
if I repeat this line
will it get stuck in your head?
it doesn’t matter
there are more pressing concerns
like the person you felt like killing?
you did.


Here’s the details and remember, this is the last gig for the year, so come on out and raise a glass to what has been a superb series of events!

Where: Confit Bistro, 4/9 Doggett St, Fortitude Valley
Date: Wednesday September 28
Time: 6pm doors for a 6:30pm start
Entry: Free

To book your seat, call 3254 4001 or email info@confit.com.au or drop me a message in the comments box below and I will do the rest.

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The Back Room’s All-Star Menu: featuring B. R. Dionysius

Next Wednesday, September 28, The Back Room at Confit Bistro (4/9 Doggett St, Fortitude Valley) serves up its final helping of live art for 2011, with an all star menu, visual art by Olivia Shale and Tricia Reust, the vibrant sounds of avant-garde performance-poet musician-lady, Pascalle Burton, the blues rumble of Sheish Money & this Lost Shark, the exciting announcement of the two poets who will grace the pages of Brisbane New Voices III and chef Jason Peppler’s cutting edge cuisine. We are also thrilled to have, founding Director of the Queensland Poetry Festival, B. R. Dionysius featuring as part of the closing night celebrations.

Brett has won many awards, including the 2009 Max Harris Poetry Award. A chapbook, The Negativity Bin was published by PressPress in 2010 and his latest chapbook, The Curious Noise of History was released by Picaro Press in 2011. He lives in Ipswich, Queensland where he teaches English and writes sonnets.



What can you tell of a father from his timepiece?
The expandable band was German steel, tough
& worn with equal pride. Mini-springs folded like
Tank track over the terrain of his hand when slid
Up his wrist. He was armed with life’s ID bracelet.
Swiss made, the Lauris signified otherworld elegance
Amid wheat stubble heartland. Old Europe ticked
Adrenaline quick, as clocks converted young crops.
The date stuck on the 18th refusing to budge like the
Recollection of his candle’s blue flame. The length
Of a monarch’s reign separates them now. If only
Memory were precise as his watch that, once wound,
Ran forward in time, as if its last thirty years in a box,
Had been an eye blink & their grief, a speck of grain.


Here’s the details for the weekly planner… and remember, this is the last gig for quite a few months, so come on out and raise a glass to what has been a superb year of events!

Where: Confit Bistro, 4/9 Doggett St, Fortitude Valley
Date: Wednesday September 28
Time: 6pm doors for a 6:30pm start
Entry: Free

To book your seat, call 3254 4001 or email info@confit.com.au or drop me a message in the comments box below and I will do the rest.

This is going to be a big one, so get in early…


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The Back Room’s last stand for 2011

The Back Room has become a regular on the Brisbane poetry calendar, serving up some of the finest poetry, live art, music and cuisine this city has to offer from the stunning surrounds of Confit Bistro (4/9 Doggett St, Fortitude Valley). On Wednesday, September 28, The Back Room will light up for its final 2011 gig and the line up is stellar.

Poetry features for the final event include, founding Director of QLD Poetry Festival, Brett Dionysius and avant-garde performance-poet musician-lady, Pascalle Burton.

Brett has won many awards for his poetry, most recently, the 2010, PressPress chapbook award, resulting in the publication of his latest book, The Negativity Bin. Pascalle recently launched her reversible poetry experiment, The Outlandish Watch on 7″ vinyl at QPF 2011, with co-conspirators, David Stavanger & Nathan Shepherdson and regularly releases her gorgeous Zine-in-a-Box, Lavender Room.

To cap off the night, there will be readings from the two poets who will be featured in Brisbane New Voices III. Just who are they? Well, the announcement will be made on the night, so make sure you are there to raise a glass to these bright things! And of course, Sheish Money and I will be there, ever-ready to belt out a few new songs and poems.

Where: Confit Bistro, 4/9 Doggett St, Fortitude Valley
Date: Wednesday September 28
Time: 6pm doors for a 6:30pm start
Entry: Free

To book your seat, call 3254 4001 or email info@confit.com.au or drop me a message in the comments box below and I will do the rest.

This is going to be a big one, so get in early…

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Video Footage: Reading In Brisbane When It Rains by Andy White

I have been sent a few videos recently of Sheish and I performing. This one was filmed at SpeedPoets by Michael Cohen and features Sheish and I performing Andy White’s poem in brisbane, when it rains. Here’s a link to the text of the poem.

Sheish and I are hitting the road this weekend for a couple of gigs in Hervey Bay, so if you are in the area, come and say hello! I am also performing at jamjar this Sunday at an all new gig hosted by the delightful Fern Thompsett. Other features include Trudie Murrell, Joe Sri and Robin ‘Archie’ Archbold. The gig kicks off at 3pm and rolls through until 6pm with plenty of Open Mic spots available. Maybe see you there?

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The Back Room launches new collections by Samuel Wagan Watson & Liam Ferney

The Back Room keeps the QPF buzz going when it lights up Confit Bistro (4/9 Doggett Street, Fortitude Valley) tomorrow night (Wednesday August 31). This is an event not-to-be-missed as it will feature the launch of two sparkling new poetry collections, The Curse Words by Samuel Wagan Watson and Career by Liam Ferney.

The Curse Words is the second chapbook from award winning poet, Samuel Wagan Watson for Vagabond Press; a mixture of prose-poems and textual blues-riffs. The Curse Words frames some of Samuel’s ‘muses’ and abuses of verse. This chapbook inspired a well-received show at the recent Adelaide Cabaret Festival by award-winning chanteuse, Leah Flanagan and will premier at the 2012 Sydney Festival.

Career is the second collection from Brisbane poet, Liam Ferney. It is the story of an English teacher marooned in the outer suburbs of Seoul during the 2002 world cup. It is a tale of typhoons, late night bars, cab rides and thwarted love. It is Liam Ferney’s second collection and follows on from 2004’s Popular Mechanics. Poet Gig Ryan describes Career as “bejewelled with the insistent shouts of everyday life… All laid out in poems tailor-made for aficionados of Korean alcohol and cigarettes, Italian zombie movies, acronyms and abbreviations of all kids.”

Both collections will be launched by acclaimed Brisbane poet, Brett Dionysius.

Sheish Money & I will also be on deck to fire things up, so get your poetry shoes shined… doors open at 6pm with the live action staring at 6:30pm.

Date: Wednesday August 31
Time: 6pm for a 6:30pm start
Place: Confit Bistro, 4/9 Doggett St Fortitude Valley
Entry: Free

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A few Ekka Snaps

Tearing into another poem as the sun lit up the stage

When you’re at The Ekka, you can’t help but smile.

                                     (photography by Cindy Keong)

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