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Seasonings: The Poetry of Food

The poetry calendar is beginning to burst as we enter the second half of the year and one of the events I am really excited about is Seasonings. This event brings together the best of food and poetry… two of my absolute passions in life.

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Queensland Poetry Festival has teamed up with one of Brisbane’s food innovators, Mondo Organics to curate an evening of fine dining and intimate poetry readings by Eleanor Jackson, Tiggy Johnson and this Lost Shark on Thursday June 20. Tickets for this event are priced at $110 and include a 3-course meal, wine and drinks, a special gift for every guest and of course an evening of words.

Seating is limited for this special, one-off evening, so don’t hesitate… it’s the perfect opportunity to treat yourself and a friend/loved one/lover, or if you are in the mood for a larger celebration, a table of 10 can be booked for the discounted price of $990.

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So if you are a lover of food and poetry, this one is for you. Tickets are now available from the QPF bookstore.

Date: Thursday 20th June
Time: 6:45pm for a 7pm start
Where: Mondo Organics, 166 Hardgrave Rd, West End

 

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Last reading for 2012…

It has been another massive year, but I am not quite ready to put the feet up (keep your eyes on this site for the announcement of an important fundraising project later this week).

So before the Christmas rush hits, I would love you all to come out and support my final reading of the year. I don’t do many feature readings in Brisbane these days, and I am really excited about this one, as I am sharing the bill with two exciting artists; Angela Gardner who is one of the founders of the unique, light-trap press and one of my favourite Australian poets, Laurie Duggan, who will launch his book, Leaving Here… on the night, in what is an all too rare opportunity to hear him read on home soil.

Here’s the details:

Join Light-Trap Press and Queensland Poetry Festival to celebrate the launch of Laurie Duggan’s latest collection Leaving Here…

…a suite of poems about being here and finding one’s feet elsewhere,
with an original lino-print cover by Angela Gardner. This beautifully
produced limited edition of only 100 signed and numbered copies is
the third in the light-trap press poetry-in-print series.

Laurie will take to the mic to read from the collection, joined on the evening by local poets Graham Nunn and Angela Gardner. Along with fine poetry and a glass of wine, Light-Trap Press will be giving away a lucky door prize on the night – a unique hand-printed letterpress broadsheet ‘Swung Weight’.

When: Thursday 29th November
Time: 6pm start
Where: Queensland Writers Centre, Level 2, State Library of Queensland, Cultural Centre, Stanley Place, South Brisbane
RSVP to sarah.qldpoetry@gmail.com

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I hope you can make it out to what will be an incredible event!

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Want to be part of QLD Poetry Festival 2013?

This year has flown by, but QPF 2012 is still a warm glow in my head and heart. So if you want to be involved in the finest poetry festival in this country, here’s what you have to do!

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Queensland Poetry Festival is currently inviting proposals from poets, spoken word artists, and performers interested in being part of the 17th annual festival, spoken in one strange word.

QPF looks forward to hearing from individuals and groups interested in performing at the three-day festival ‘spoken in one strange word‘. We are looking for submissions that embrace the wide possibilities of poetic expression – page poetry, readings, slam, spoken word, performance, music, ekphrastic poetry, collaborations, installations, cross-platform creations, and more.

While all projects must have a relationship to poetic language, we encourage submissions from artists wishing to explore the relationship between poetry and other art forms.

For submission guidelines and form download: QPF 2013 EOI Form

Expressions of Interest should be sent to: Queensland Poetry Festival, PO Box 3488, South Brisbane QLD 4101

Submission deadline: Tuesday 19 February, 2013

QPF 2013 runs from 23 – 25 August at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Festival Director, Sarah Gory: sarah.qldpoetry[at]gmail.com.

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The Launch of Leaving Here by Laurie Duggan

This has been an incredible year… T.H.E. Nunn is just about to celebrate his first birthday, ALS Publications released home{sic} by Julie Beveridge and Private Conversations vol. 1 by Cameron Hindrum, I travelled to Mission Beach for the very first time and worked with some amazing local writers, I joined the Speakers Ink family, I read twice in Melbourne, I had the pleasure of hosting an ‘in conversation’ session with one of my long time poetry heroes, Robert Adamson and now, to close the year, I have been invited to read on the bill at Laurie Duggan’s book launch. Really, it doesn’t get much better! Laurie’s work has been a major influence on my own writing, so it will be an absolute honour to share the stage on such a major occasion.

So here are the details folks, be sure to put them in your diary as I would love to see you all there.

Join Light-Trap Press and Queensland Poetry Festival to celebrate the launch of Laurie Duggan’s latest collection Leaving Here

…a suite of poems about being here and finding one’s feet elsewhere,
with an original lino-print cover by Angela Gardner. This beautifully
produced limited edition of only 100 signed and numbered copies is
the third in the light-trap press poetry-in-print series.

Laurie will take to the mic to read from the collection, joined on the evening by local poets Graham Nunn and Angela Gardner. Along with fine poetry and a glass of wine, Light-Trap Press will be giving away a lucky door prize on the night – a unique handprinted letterpress broadsheet ‘Swung Weight’.

When: Thursday 29th November
Time: 6pm start
Where: Queensland Writers Centre, Level 2, State Library of Queensland,
Cultural Centre, Stanley Place, South Brisbane
RSVP: Email sarah.qldpoetry@gmail.com

Laurie Duggan grew up in Melbourne and since 2006 he has been living in a market town in East Kent and is a regular reader on the London poetry circuit. He was awarded the ALS gold medal for outstanding work (for Mangroves, UQP 2003), and the succeeding book The Passenger (UQP, 2006) won the Judith Wright Calanthe award at the 2007 Queensland Premier’s Awards. His most recent books are Crab & Winkle, Exeter, Shearsman, 2009; The Epigrams of Martial (2nd ed), Boston, Pressed Wafer, 2010; Allotments [1-29], Wendell, Massachusetts, Fewer & Further, 2011; The Pursuit of Happiness, Bristol, Shearsman, 2012; and The Collected Blue Hills, Sydney, Puncher & Wattman 2012. His blog is at: graveneymarsh.blogspot.com

Angela Gardner is the author of two books of poetry, Views of the Hudson (Shearsman Books, 2009), written in New York during a Churchill Fellowship in print/poetry, and Parts of Speech (UQP, 2007) winner of the 2006 Arts Queensland ‘Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize’. Ampersand Duck, Canberra recently published her chapbook ‘Of Sky’. Angela also practices as a visual artist and has work in public collections.

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Max Ryan & Where Were You At Lunch live at QLD Poetry Festival

National Poetry Week 2012 has been a big one, and what better way to close it than reliving a little QLD Poetry Festival magic with Max Ryan & Where Were You At Lunch. While the sound may not be first class, you can still feel the crackling energy between Max and the band… Pete Emptage is hollering, locked on a dirty-bass-groove, Samaan Fieck is squeezing out angular riffs while Kishore Ryan, muscles up on drums. To witness it was incredibly special… so here’s Wild Honey from their Saturday night set at QPF. It’s my Sunday gift to you all…

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Three Great Poetry Competitions!

There has been a lot of talk about literary prizes in QLD since the recent axing of the QLD Premiers Literary Awards, but never fear, we are still providing some of the leading poetry opportunities in the country! Here’s three great poetry competitions coming your way courtesy of QLD Poetry Festival: spoken in one strange word & Arts QLD.

1. Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award for Unpublished Poetry

Named in honour of one of QLD’s finest poets, the Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award for Unpublished Poetry is committed to encouraging poets Australia wide. Entrants may submit multiple times, with each entry accompanied by a separate entry form and a separate entry fee.

Entry Fee : $20

Entries close 5pm Tuesday 10 July 2012.

1st Prize : $1,000 plus 1 week fully paid at Varuna Writers House
2nd Prize : $500
3rd Prize : $250

Download guideline and submission forms:  Entry form Val Vallis Award 2012

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2. Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize

Named in honour of a distinguished Queensland Poet, the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize is committed to encouraging Queensland poets, who have a manuscript ready for publication. Now in its 9th year, this prestigious prize for an unpublished poetry manuscript comes with a total prize money of $3,000 together with a publishing contract with University of Queensland Press.

Entry fee: $20

Entries close by 5pm Thursday 12 July 2012.

Download guideline and submission forms:  Entry form Thomas Shapcott Prize 2012

The winners of both these awards will be announced at the opening night of the Queensland Poetry Festival at the Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Arts, on 24 August 2012.

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3. The 2012 QPF Filmmakers Challenge

The Queensland Poetry Festival Filmmakers Challenge explores the arena where poetic expression and audio-visual technology collide.

We challenge filmmakers, video artists, poets, and all multimedia practitioners to create a short work (5 mins max); a record of poetry performance, a video text manipulation or something entirely different.

Poetry is defined broadly as memorable language. We are looking for originality; creativity; a piece that shows your understanding of the many varied and wonderful possibilities of language.

The winner will be announced at the 2012 Queensland Poetry Festival and the winning entry, along with a selection of shortlisted entries, will be screened at the festival (24 – 26 August).

Selection panel: angela rawlings (2012 Arts QLD Poet-in-Residence), Francis Boyle (QPF Program Committee), Talina McKenzie (QPF Programs Coordinator)

Prize: $500 is up for grabs!

Entries close 5pm, Thursday 19 July 2012.

Download guideline & submissions form here.

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Expressions of Interest open for QLD Poetry Festival 2012

Australia’s premiere celebration of all things poetic, Queensland Poetry Festival, invites proposals from poets, performers and artists interested in being part of the 16th annual festival.

QPF is not a director-led festival; rather it is programmed each year by a group of Brisbane poets through an open Expression of Interest process. In that spirit, QPF is inviting Expressions of Interest from poets, musicians, performers, and spoken word artists interested in being a part of the 16th annual three-day festival, spoken in one strange word 2012. Be it a reading, a project, a performance, or perhaps something that embraces myriad art forms, bring it on! They are open to all forms of poetic expression and want to know what you’ve been cooking.

If you are programmed to perform at QPF 2012, flights, accommodation and performance fees will be provided.

Submission deadline: Wednesday 22nd February, 2012.

QPF 2012 runs from 24 – 26 August at the state-of-the-art, Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.

For further details, submission forms and guidelines, visit the QPF website at www.queenslandpoetryfestival.com, or contact them at qldpoetry@gmail.com with any questions.

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QLD Program Launch Feature #3 – Janaka Malwatta

Word on the street is, tomorrow night’s QPF Program Launch at Riverbend Books is a sell out… that’s right, 100 tickets already in the hands of 100 lucky people. And I stress the word lucky here as the line up is nothing short of scintillating! Sheish Money & Jane Sheehy will add their distinct rock’n’roll flair to the night; Betsy Turcot & Eleanor Jackson will set your heart and mind racing with the rhythm of their words; Michelle Dicinoski will send sparks flying with the launch of her debut collection, Electricity for Beginners; and Janaka Malwatta will make his feature debut, reading from his debut collection, Kavi.

Janaka was born in the Sri Lankan hill capital of Kandy. He came to Brisbane via London, where he spent much of his life. He caught the poetry bug as a medical student in London, and first performed poetry in London at the Stoke Newington International Airport in 2009.  Janaka performs regularly at Speed Poets here in Brisbane and has published a collection of poems entitled Kavi. The poems in the collection are based principally in Sri Lanka. He moonlights as a GP in Brisbane when not performing poetry.

Here’s a recent poem:

Galle Face Green

Galle Face Green is green again,
as green as the day it was first made,
raised on a terrace at the ocean’s edge.
Stone benches so close to breaking waves,
you inhale ocean spray with every breath.
Pampered like a favoured child,
the lawn gleamed in the sun. A quarter mile
of displaced longing, a European promenade
built under Asian skies.

Galle Face Green is green again.
For twenty years closed off, there but out of reach,
a reminder of times before the city was besieged
by bombers in lorries and suicide vests,
and checkpoints stretched down Galle Road
like yellow dominoes, waiting to fall.
Soldiers in flak-jackets replaced promenaders,
barricades against the threat from the sea.
Untended, Galle Face became barren and brown,
green only in name and in memory.
The terrorists never came this way.
The fences have gone now.
Galle Face Green is green again.

The food stalls are back, but they’ve been corralled,
caged like animals in a purpose-built shack.
Twenty years ago, they roamed free on the grass.
We stood in the open, warm rotis grasped
in hungry hands. Children ran as families gathered at dusk,
to let sea air dispel the day’s city dust.
The in-crowd dropped in, on their way out
Blue Elephant dances, then on to Puloas
the food stalls at Galle Face drew everyone out.

The kites have returned, flapping, fluttering, flashes of colour,
competing with seabirds
in seabreeze dances;
it’s a game they always lose.
Pelicans are perched on top of lamp-posts,
surveying with equal disdain
passing tuk-tuks and the fathers of the nation,
preserved in bronze near Parliament steps,
ties and collars unfamiliar restraints
on over ambitious Asian necks.

Galle Face Green is green again.
Courting couples hide from prying eyes
and the fierce sun under giant umbrellas,
or climb down the steps the tsunami assailed.
The risque couples paddle fully-clothed
ankles and shins cautiously exposed
laughing waves chase them back up the beach.
Children splash in warm ocean waters, kites flutter overhead
tourists snap pelicans on lamp-posts perches
and Galle Face Green is green again.

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If you want to try and barter your way in tomorrow night, the details are below. Hope to see you there tomorrow night!

Date: Wednesday 22 June
Location: Riverbend Books, 193 Oxford St. Bulimba
Time: Doors open for the event at 6pm for a 6:30pm start
Tickets: $10 available through Riverbend Books and include sushi and complimentary wine. To purchase tickets, call Riverbend Books on (07) 3899 8555 or book online at http://www.riverbendbooks.com.au/Events/2508/Riverbend+Poetry+Series

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Book Launch: Electricity for Beginners by Michelle Dicinoski

As part of Wednesday night’s QLD Poetry Festival Program Launch at Riverbend Books, Michelle Dicinoski’s debut collection, Electricity for Beginners will be launched by Bronwyn Lea.

Book launches are an incredibly special thing and none more so than your very first one. Let’s face it, books are a wonderfully slow process, so when they are finally ready to be sent out into the world, a celebration is called for.

Michelle writes poetry and creative non-fiction. Her first poetry collectionis titled, Electricity for Beginners,  published by Clouds of Magellan. She is also currently working on a memoir, Ghost Wife, that tells her own and other women’s stories about same-sex marriage, hidden histories, and belonging. She recently received an Australia Council grant for a new project about forgetting and obsolescence in the digital age.  

Here’s a recent poem that was first published in Cultural Studies Review.

Rounds
 
Friday night another faux-Irish pub
another convocation of the hopeful, the hopeless,
and the undecided.
We watch the covers band struggle with feedback
as the TVs show a soundless montage
of great mishaps in motorsport.
 
We talk shit like it matters.
Strident debate over Best Celebrity Names:
we argue Netanyahu vs Megawati,
Telly Savalas vs Lee Lin Chin.
Trivia savants, we trade facts like marbles:
an upturned Frisbee holds a litre of beer.
Napoleon and Caesar were born with teeth.
Elite archers shoot between heartbeats.
 
At this, we quiet,
try to imagine small acts of precision
till the band plays ‘Come on Eileen’
and we form a rowdy chorus
of toora loo rye, toora loo rye ayes.

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Other feature performers on the night include, Betsy Turcot & Eleanor Jackson, Janaka Malwatta and poetic riff-maker, Sheish Money. This Lost Shark will also read a selection of work from Jacob Polley, the 2011 Arts QLD Poet-in-Residence as part of the program launch. It is going to be a big night, so make sure you are there to celebrate the launch of Electricity for Beginners and to get a taste of  what’s to come in August when QLD Poetry Festival takes centre stage at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts. 

Date: Wednesday 22 June
Location: Riverbend Books, 193 Oxford St. Bulimba
Time: Doors open for the event at 6pm for a 6:30pm start
Tickets: $10 available through Riverbend Books and include sushi and complimentary wine. To purchase tickets, call Riverbend Books on (07) 3899 8555 or book online at http://www.riverbendbooks.com.au/Events/2508/Riverbend+Poetry+Series

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QPF Program Launch Feature #2: Sheish Money

We are edging closer to the program launch of QLD Poetry Festival 2011 on Wednesday June 22 and with the local line-up of Betsy Turcot & Eleanor Jackson, Janaka Malwatta, Michelle Dicinoski, this Lost Shark reading a set of 2011 Arts QLD Poet-in-Residence, Jacob Polley’s work and Sheish Money, the creative sparks will be flying.

It is always a great pleasure for me to kick back and watch Sheish Money in full swing as often, I am standing beside him, dropping my words into his rolling wave of riffs. Sheish is the engine room of SpeedPoets and a QLD Poetry Festival regular, popping up beside the likes of Tracey Morris for impromptu sets, as well as delivering his own bluesy-poetics. His first book, Another Rock Pig, was released in 2007, along with the DVD, Reception, which was shortlisted in the 2007 QLD Poetry Filmmakers Challenge. And in 2010, he released his debut CD, Would Should Could with his band, Namedropper.

Here’s a live shot from the album, recorded at the now sadly defunct, InSpire Gallery Bar as part of Sheish’s monthly gig, Float:

Tickets for the event are now on sale and regularly sell out, so don’t be one of the people standing on the road craning your neck… buy your ticket and take the ride.

Date: Wednesday 22 June
Location: Riverbend Books, 193 Oxford St. Bulimba
Time: Doors open for the event at 6pm for a 6:30pm start
Tickets: $10 available through Riverbend Books and include sushi and complimentary wine. To purchase tickets, call Riverbend Books on (07) 3899 8555 or book online at http://www.riverbendbooks.com.au/Events/2508/Riverbend+Poetry+Series

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