This Sunday, November 6, is the last chance to get along to SpeedPoets before the long days of Summer set in.
It’s been a sparkling 10th year, with features from touring artists such as Matt Hetherington, James Waller and Santo Cazzati (Melbourne); local musicians including Baron Field, Primitive Motion, Ichabod’s Crane and Mardi Lumsden and some of our favourite local poets: Fern Thompsett, Phillip Ellis, Nathan Shepherdson, Rachael Briggs, Michelle Dicinoski and Carmen Keates.
And the final line-up for the year is another 3-way feature act that is bound to POP!
SpeedPoets regulars, Andrew Phillips and Michael Cohen will perform their debut feature sets alongside Brisbane art-rock fetishists, The Stress of Leisure, who will have their spanking new single, Sex Times available for the first time in 7″vinyl. So if you want to get sexy, SpeedPoets is the place to be!
And don’t forget to pack a poem in your pocket so that you can make your voice heard in Brisbane’s hottest Open Mic.
All the action kicks off at Brew (Lower Burnett Lane, Brisbane City – click here for a map) at 2pm and runs until 5pm. Entry is a gold coin donation and the monthly SpeedPoets Zine is free as a 2yr old in a shopping centre!
To get you in the mood, here’s a couple of clips of The Stress of Leisure teamed up with two of Brisbane’s finest poets, David Stavanger & Nathan Shepherdson. Get your dancing shoes on!
After a mighty fine re-launch gig, SpeedPoets is gearing up to return to Brew on Sunday June 5 from 2pm – 5pm. Brisbane singer/songwriter, Mardi Lumsden will be bringing her sweet alt-folk stylings to the stage as our music feature, so I caught up with her to chat about the relationship between poetry & lyrics and the state of the Brisbane music scene. You can read the interview over at the SpeedPoets website.
SpeedPoets, Sunday June 5 from 2pm – 5pm at Brew, Lower Burnett Lane, Brisbane City.
Entry is a Gold Coin Donation.
The venue has a strict capacity of 60 people, so make sure you are there early to get your seat in the room!
SpeedPoets held their first event at Brew yesterday and it was a cracker! There was a great crowd that gathered in Brew’s elegant basement/lounge to take in feature sets from Brisbane ladies, Carmen Leigh Keates, who took us on the road with fictional band, The Dick Candles in a fine selection of poems from her verse novella, Second-Hand Attack Dog; Charity Carleton, who delivered an achingly beautiful acoustic set, featuring songs from her band’s (Ichabod’s Crane) recent album, Honeydew; and Michelle Dicinoski, who stole our breath with a reading from her forthcoming collection, Electricty for Beginners.
Sheish Money was also in fine form, delivering a set of new songs, brimming with tales of youth, love and the shortening of garden hoses. And the Open Mic Section… well, it showed why SpeedPoets has been leading the way in Brisbane for the last decade. Twenty-five poets unlatched their lungs into the mic, 8 of them for the very first time and each one gave it their all.
You can check out more photos on the SpeedPoets website (photographs by Cindy Keong).
Brisbane’s longest running live poetry event, SpeedPoets, is re-launching this Sunday, May 1, at their brand new home Brew, located in Lower Burnett Lane in the heart of the City (check out a map here). As usual all the action starts at 2pm and to celebrate the move to our fifth home, we have invited three fine Brisbane ladies to take centre stage.
Singer/songwriter, Charity Carleton from Brisbane band, Ichabod’s Crane will perform songs from her band’s latest album, Honeydew. Head to their bandcamp site to listen to tracks from the album. And bringing the poetic noise are Carmen Leigh Keates and Michelle Dicinoski. Both Michelle and Carmen have recently been featued on the SpeedPoets Website, so you can head over there to get a hit of their words.
And let’s not forget, that you can be a part of SpeedPoets history… come along, pack a poem or two and sign up to get your slice of the spotlight in the Open Mic Section. There will also be live sounds from Sheish Money, raffles and giveaways and the free monthly zine will be there for the first 40 people through the door.
So spread the word… let’s make this one an afternoon to remember!
SpeedPoets Live @ Brew
Lower Burnett Lane, The City
2pm – 5pm
Entry is a gold coin donation
Since their massive 10th birthday gig in March, SpeedPoets has been on hiatus looking for a new home. That home has now been found…
Brew is one of Brisbane’s exciting new venues and is located right in the heart of the city. For all the details, head on over to the SpeedPoets website. The re-launch in May is going to be big!