This is going to be something!
I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am about the ‘SpeedPoets Only’ collaboration between Pascalle Burton & Tylea that will envelop one and all at the Hideaway (188 Brunswick St) this Saturday, August 31. Anyone who saw them together on the stage at QPF 2012, will, I am sure, share my excitement.
To get you buzzing, here’s the film that won Pascalle Burton the 2013 QPF Filmmaker’s Challenge and an absolute gem from Tylea’s former band, Gota Cola. Now imagine the combined adventurous spirit of these two ladies on stage… good times ahead!
And of course, there will be bountiful open mic opportunities, free zines, raffles and the guitar roar of Sheish Money. Be there to experience something special!
Date: Saturday August 31
Venue: The Hideaway, 188 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley
Time: Doors at 1:30pm for a 2pm Open Mic Start until 5pm
Entry: Gold Coin Donation
View original post
It’s been all systems go here at Lost Shark HQ this last month or so… three books about to launch, the residency at Varuna and now this gem… a chapbook titled Presence that I had the immense pleasure of curating for Cordite.
Presence features artwork by Cindy Keong and new poems from Nathan Shepherdson, Pascalle Burton, Aidan Coleman, Louise Oxley, Ross Donlon, Tim Sinclair, Jean Kent, Jon Paul Fiorentino, Sachiko Murakami and Jacqueline Turner. Each of the artists responded to the idea of Presence in their own way, making this a unique reading experience.
Here’s a link to the chapbook… and please, spread the word as this deserves to be read widely!
This ‘Golden Stapler’ nominated zine has reached its landmark 10th issue and this Lost Shark, can be found lurking inside the pages. For those of you who are not familiar with The Lavender Room, each issue features:
Ye Olde Picture Books – what amazing vintage books have I found in secondhand shops?
Raise High the Salinger – quotes from the dearly departed J.D.Salinger
Thankyou for Being a Friend – my Golden Girls pick of talented friends!
For Want of a Word – want a word? I’ve got one!
Tools in Vogue – what tools have featured in my life of late?
The ebay That Got Away – it’s tough being outbid!
A ‘Pome’ from Pas – for some literary sensation
but to make issue #10 that little bit special The Lavender Room treats you to sneezing, an albatross, fashion and Hashimoto in Springtime!
And let’s not forget that each zine comes with a solitary match to set it all on fire after reading! Pick up a copy here.
With only one day left until the official opening of QLD Poetry Festival: spoken in one strange word, I catch up with Tylea to talk songwriters and find out about her closing night performance.
ALS: Last time we spoken, you mentioned Grant McLennan and Dave McCormack as two songwriters who are important to you. If you had to choose one song from each of these artists to listen to, which would it be and why?
Tylea: I could listen to Cattle and Cane all day by Grant.
I grew up in Bundaberg and my family and forebearers had a long history with the Fairymead Mill. Cattle and Cane is the kind of song you feel you have always known. It just makes sense and works on many levels for me.
I also love David McCormack’s songwriting because of his sense of humour. I wish I could roll with the punches as much as David. He’s a wonderful character.
ALS: And lastly, what are you most looking forward to about performing at QPF 2012?
Tylea: I have invited Pascalle Burton (Pas) to help me out with my set. We have concocted a sound/guitarscape piece inspired by Yoko Ono’s Grapefruit. I am not sure how my part will turn out, but I have enjoyed spending a bit of time with Pas and am looking forward to unleashing the uncertainty. I hope it will be okay.
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 Lavender Room Zine-in-a-Matchbox, Bumper Poetry Issue is here!
Many of you may have read the interview I did with the lady of the Lavender Room, Pascalle Burton, back when issue #1 hit the streets, but this 8th issue is ready to blow all others away.
The matchbox is bursting with tiny poems by Bruce Dorlova, Hadley, Matt Hetherington, Carmen Keates, Chris Lynch, Corrie MacDonald, Andrew Phillips, Jacob Polley, David Prater, Nathan Shepherdson, David Stavanger, emily xyz, this Lost Shark and many others. The box is also elegantly designed and comes with a single match.
The Bumper Poetry Issue is now available via The Lavender Room Facebook Page or the etsy site for just $8 + postage.
So if you like words that catch fire, then start clicking… with Christmas knocking on the door, the Bumper Poetry Issue might just make the perfect gift!