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Hold Back the Water Fundraiser: What we achieved

It has been a big few weeks of poetry…

First there was the gig at Riverbend Books, then Confit Bistro and just today, the mighty SpeedPoets celebrated 10 years of keeping poetry fast in Brisbane. And binding the three events together has been the Hold Back the Water Fundraiser, a raffle raising money for the many people in QLD who suffered great loss in the January floods.

In total we raised $1135, which will be donated to the QLD Premiers Disaster Relief Fund.

I want to thank Sally Cripps for donating the two beautiful framed prints as well as Confit Bistro, Riverbend Books, QLD Poetry Festival and all of the authors who gave books for donating prizes. Your generosity is deeply appreciated.

I would also like to send a special thanks to Cindy, Sarah & Lee-Anne who did an amazing job selling raffle tickets.

And to everyone who dug deep and gave to this worthy cause, thank you… it has been amazing to see the poetry community pull together and make this happen.

And so to the winners…

Congratulations to Tony who took out the first prize draw including:

A stunning framed print by Sally Cripps (pictured above)
$100 dining voucher at Confit Bistro
$30 Book Voucher at Riverbend Books
Double Pass to the April Riverbend Poetry Series Event
Ticket to Opening Night of QPF 2011

and to Cathy who was the lucky winner of the second prize draw including:

the second of the framed prints by Sally Cripps (pictured above)
+ more than $150 dollars worth of poetry books and CD’s.

I am sure that the prizes will bring much goodness into your lives!


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Hold Back the Water Fundraiser Update

Last night’s gig at Riverbend Books went off, with Pascalle Burton, Alan Wearne, John Koenig, Chris Lynch and Sheish Money playing to a packed Riverbend deck.

Alan Wearne

Pascalle opened the night, messing with the idea of reversible poetry, performing two new pieces over a backdrop of the reveresed voices of Nathan Shepherdson & David Stavanger. She was followed by Melbournian, Alan Wearne, who lifted the cover on the Australian Popular Songbook and introduced the audience to a handful of wild characters along the way. And then it was the launch of Brisbane New Voices II, with Romantic Rebel, John Koenig & Poetic Adventurer, Chris Lynch reading from their debut micro-collections. The mighty Sheish Money (who opened the night with a stunning new song, Let It) and I then closed the show with a performance of my poem, Meditations on a day when the river. And as the crowd walked out into the blustery Brisbane night, it was clear that the combination of artists had worked their strange magic!

Chris Lynch

And tonight, I am just home from The Back Room gig at Confit Bistro. Another strong crowd rolled up and the live sounds were bristling…

John Koenig

And importantly, we have now almost reached the $1000 mark in the Hold Back the Water Fundraiser. A massive thanks to Cindy Keong and Sarah Gory for selling tickets on both nights! The final event in the sereis will be the SpeedPoets 10th Birthday Bash, so make sure you are there to get yourself a ticket or three. All money will be donated to the Premiers Disaster Relief Appeal.

Big thanks to Fiona for sending me the photos and for her review of the Riverbend gig on ‘Dada Doesn’t Catch Flies’.


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Hold Back the Water: A Disaster Relief Fundraiser

The Brisbane poetry scene is about to explode back into action with a number of gigs in late February / early March. Dates for your diary include:

Tuesday February 22:

Riverbend Poetry Series, featuring Pascalle Burton, Alan Wearne & the launch of Brisbane New Voices II, which brings together the debut collections of John Koenig & Chris Lynch. Tickets are $10. Full details here.

Wednesday Feb 23:

Confit Bistro (4/9 Doggett St. Fortitude Valley) presents The Back Room, featuring performances by this Lost Shark and poetic guitar-slinger Sheish Money + local indie-rock luminaries, The Stress of Leisure. Entry is free and doors open from 6pm.

Sunday March 6:

SpeedPoets rolls back in to InSpire Gallery Bar (71 Vulture St. West End) to celebrate its 10th birthday. As always, doors will open at 2pm and entry is a gold coin donation. Stay tuned for announcements of features artists…

And one of the things that will bind these events together will be the running of the ‘Hold Back the Water: Disaster Relief Raffle’. I have again been overwhelmed by the generosity people have shown in donating prizes for this fundraiser. So drum roll please… the two major prizes are:

Draw 1 includes:

A 60 x 95cm framed print by renowned photographer, Sally Cripps which captures the sky, just west of Blackall (Western QLD) before the rains hit (see image below)

A dining voucher for Confit Bistro
A ticket to Opening Night of QLD Poetry Festival 2011 (Friday August 26)
A $30 gift voucher for Riverbend Books; and
A double pass to the Riverbend Poetry Series Event II, featuring Max Ryan, Vanessa Page, David ‘Ghostboy’ Stavanger & Julie Beveridge (Tuesday April 19)

Draw 2 includes:

Another 60x95cm framed print by renowned photographer, Sally Cripps (see image below)

and a Book Pack, valued at over $100.

Both prizes are valued at over $400 and should be enough to get any poetry lover salivating!

Raffle tickets are priced $5 each or 3 for $10 and will be sold at all three events, with all money raised donated to the QLD Premiers Disaster Relief Appeal. The raffle will be drawn on Sunday March 6 at the close of SpeedPoets and the winner notified.

So come on people, if you are anywhere near this fine city of ours on those dates, come along and help hold back the water. With the recent floods and Yasi circling off our coast, your support is needed now, more than ever. And please… don’t be afraid to spread the word!


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