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SpeedPoets: last drinks for 2009

If you are anywhere near Brisbane this coming Sunday (November 1), and you like your poetry live, then head along to SpeedPoets. This Sunday brings the curtain down on the events eighth year and there is no plan of slowing down… SpeedPoets will take a break over summer and return in March 2010, well rested and hungry for your words.

SpeedPoets Gimp

To take us out for the year, there will be features from Jeremy Thompson & Brent Downes, live music and sounds from Sheish Money, free zines, giveaways and a surprise performance by one of the acts that had the audience raving after QPF’s Saturday night event A Million Bright Things. And of course there is you, giving voice to your poem in the Open Section and keeping the event vibrant, diverse and full of fire.

So pack your poems and be part of the celebration this Sunday, November 1 from 2pm at The Alibi Room, 720 Brunswick St, New Farm.

I’ll see you there…


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SpeedPoets & other Brisbane Poetry Gigs

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Don’t forget that SpeedPoets takes over The Alibi Room tomorrow for their annual Open Mic Championships… should be a great afternoon. Check out all the details tomorrow as well as lots of other upcoming gigs.

Sunday August 2
This is the big one folks! SpeedPoets fires up for its yearly Open Mic Championships, so make sure you are at The Alibi Room (720 Brunswick St, New Farm) from 2pm to put your name down to be in the running for some cool prizes including $100 first place, $50 second place + a whole range of giveaways. But most importantly, we want you there to share the spoken word love.
The rules of engagement are simple:
* There are 20 places available in the Open Mic Championships
* Sign on will take place at The Alibi Room between 2:00pm – 2:30pm or until the 20 places are filled
* Each poem read/performed must be the poet’s original work
* Each poet has 3 minutes to read/perform their poem (one poem only)
* If the poet goes over the allocated time, they will be notified and given 30sec to finish their poem.
* The poet may not use props or musical accompaniment.
* 5 poets will be selected to read in a second round
* Poets selected for the second round will be allocated 6 minutes to read two (2) poems
* If the poet goes over the allocated time, they will be notified and given 30sec to finish their poem.
* Judges will then select a first and second place (with prizes for the runners up)
Please note: these rules may be changed at the organisers discretion and judges decision is final. No discussion will be entered into.
And to add to the fun, our monthly riff generator, Sheish Money will be bringing some friends from his band Namedropper along to play a set of songs from their forthcoming CD.
As always there will be free zines and the monthly raffle. Entry is a gold coin donation. Don’t miss it!!!
SpeedPoets, 2pm Sunday August 2, The Alibi Room (720 Brunswick St New Farm)
Thursday August 6
Put some poems in your pocket and head on over to Cafe Checoco (Hardgrave Rd West End) for Poetry Soup. Plenty of Open Mic and jamming opportunities for all comers! The gig kicks off at 7:30pm and is a free event.
Wednesday August 19

ouTsideRs cordially invite you to THE SUITS


 ‘One of the most bizarre and brilliant live music events Brisbane is likely to witness this year.’ ouTsideRs Time Off review 

‘An idea that is not dangerous is not worthy of being called an idea at all.’ Oscar Wilde 

Following on from blowing Hunter’s Ghost at The Globe, Beau Brummel’s beckoning you to get your best suit on (bathing/business/birth/track, what have you) and get ready to kiss buttons as we present our second MASSIVE ouTsideRs show of 2009, stuffing David Byrne shoulder pads and Poetry Slam into the Ladies’ Lounge that is The Troubadour. Funded by the fine croupiers’ pockets via the Gambling Casino Benefit Fund, this night will be a three-piece American box cut with the best BrisVegas wordsmiths venting their hearts and words on lapels for all to wear and hear! 

Featuring track-suited drop six house band & their John Butler award winning hip-hop soul Impossible Odds,  the contemporary double breasted chicanery of MAJIK BOX and QLD slam spoken weird suit-master of ceremonies Ghostboy with well groomed word mannequins  Tessa Leon & Pascalle Burton….plus the usual ouTsideRs dandy madness! 

And this show sees the start of the Australian Poetry Slam presented by The State Library of QLD –  in true two-tone style, tailored lines and all. Two minutes to “hit The Troubadour mike and let the words take flight” as part of Australia’s biggest spoken word competition – where the audience is the judge! It’s a Rat Race, the first 20 to sign up on the night will compete. For full event & slam details head to: www.slq.qld.gov.au/poetryslam

ouTsideRs/Australian Poetry Slam Heat 1
The Troubadour
Wed 19th August
8pm doors / 8:30pm start
$5 entry / prizes for best use of a tie… Suits you, Sir, oooh!


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Welcome, Hinemoana Baker

Well, Hinemoana Baker’s residency has now officially begun!

photo by Andrew Dalziel

photo by Andrew Dalziel

Last night Hinemoana’s official welcome was held at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts. Kate Eltham Mc’d the evening, Indigenous leader, Sam Watson welcomed Hinemoana to country,  Theodora Le Souquet (QWC Chair) launched the residency and I was honoured to be invited to perform a short reading and welcome Hinemoana to the stage. My reading closing with a rendition of the great New Zealand Poet, Sam Hunt’s, Coming to it.

Hinemoana’s performance to close the night had people hollering , stomping and calling for more. Her words conjuring images of family, place, pub sound checks, rugby and awkward moments at the highschool ball. Her voice, so well described as:

a fine wine of a voice… rare, exquisite, the sort found hidden in some wine-nob’s cellar. The sort you might buy once in a lifetime, just for a taste of how the other half lives’.

In short, it was something special… and for those who missed out, never fear, you have the opportunity to catch her this Sunday at SpeedPoets (2pm – 5pm @ The Alibi Room, 720 Brunswick St. New Farm).

And while Hinemoana is in the country, take the opportunity to meet up with her and share your words.  When in Brisbane, Hinemoana is available to meet with poets for consultations from 2pm-6pm daily. To arrange a consultation, feel free to email her at hbaker@qwc.asn.au. If you work or study full-time and need to meet with her outside of these hours please let her know when you email.

So, to get a bit more of a taste of the magic that is Hinemoana Baker, check this out performance of He Tuahine.


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Brisbane Poetry Gig Guide – May 15

Saturday May 16
Words or Whatever – Performance poetry @ Blackstar Cafe 44 Thomas St West End from 6:30pm.

Featured acts this month include – Dissent of Didymus, Darkwing Dubs, Luke Townson + Special guests including some non english speaking poets.

As well as these awesome acts, we wil have our regular features including ‘Words of Honour’ (tribute pieces to great wordsmiths) &  ‘Words-worth’ – Live Poetry Auction. 

Saturday May 23

No Frontiers: a multi arts performance event featuring music, poetry, prose and visual arts.      

3–4pm at the Museum of Brisbane Gallery 3, within the Brisbane City Hall, (through main entrance and turn left – follow signs), King George Square, Adelaide St, City.

Jena Woodhouse –  performing poetry on some vanished homes of Brisbane

Jack Sim – telling stories from the shady side of Brisbane’s ghostly past and ghost tours present; and
Peter Green and the Midnight Prophets – playing music of midnight, travellers cheques, a North Ryde girl and dancing skeletons.


Sunday May 31
Ahimsa House proudly supports the local community-based poetry group in West End—The Kurilpa Poets. The next gig is Sunday, 31st May 2009. Time: 02—04.30 PM at – The Emma Goldman Room – at Ahimsa House, 26 Horan Street West End (opposite the West End State School). Everyone is welcome. Murri and Koori poets please join in!

Our feature poet for May is Rhys Rodgers. Rhys is a dynamic young performance poet who has been performing poetry for the last few years, and has already gained a substantial following in Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast. He won the Love Poetry Hate Racism Open Mic competition, and The SpeedPoets Open Mic championships in 2008. He was a finalist in both the Nimbin and Woodford poetry slams in 2008. He has also been invited interstate to run workshops on cultivating meaningful relationships with imaginary friends. Come and be dazzled by his brave naked words. Mostly loud, sometimes soft, but always saturated with feeling. Don’t miss a sensational performance from one of Queensland’s rising young stellar poets!

Sunday June 7
SpeedPoets is back for Round 4 of 2009! Be there as Brisbane’s longest running spoken word/poetry event takes over The Alibi Room (720 Brunswick St. New Farm) on Sunday June 7 from 2:00pm – 5:00pm. The June event features the soaring soundscapes and experimental blues of Bremen Town Musician. Their new album No One Is Holding A Gun To Your Head (Songs To Run To) was one of my favourite releases from 2008, a real album of discovery. And just to mix things up a little and showcase her diverse talents, Marisa Allen (Bremen Town Musician) will also read from her debut collection Fire in the Head and other works. To round off the afternoon, winner of the 2008 Ipswich Poetry Feast Mentorship Prize, Robert Bos will step up to the mic for his SpeedPoets debut. And as always there will be live sounds from the SpeedPoets poetic riff generator Sheish Money, giveaways, free zines and two rounds of Open Mic. Entry is a gold coin… See you there!
SpeedPoets, Sunday June 7 @ The Alibi Room, 720 Brunswick St. New Farm. 2:00pm – 5:00pm.

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Some photos from SpeedPoets

Today’s SpeedPoets has got me on a high! Each of the feature artists were superb and the 2nd Round of Open Mic backed by our very own poetic riff generator Sheish Money was blisteringly good.

Here’s a few photos from the day…



DarkWing Dubs in full flight, spitting rhymes that spark.



Skye Staniford mesmerised the crowd with her hauntingly beautiful voice.



Pru Gell performing under the watchful eye of ‘The King’.


The next SpeedPoets will be held on Sunday May 3 from 2pm at The Alibi Room (720 Brunswick St. New Farm).



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For the love of Zines

Today I picked up issue 8.2 of the SpeedPoets Zine from my local copy shop. I love the moment of anticipation as the zines are handed over in a sealed copy-paper box. Then, like a mouse in a cheese factory, I peel back the lid and sneak my first glimpse of the issue. Of course, I know full well what the zine will look like, having designed the cover and all, but that moment is something I look forward to every month. It’s a little burst of wonder that immediately gets me thinking about the next zine… a moment of excitement and inspiration.




Of course once you have the zine, you need to get it into the hands of eager readers… so for all those people out there wanting to get a look at issue 8.2 of SpeedPoets, get yourself along to the gig tomorrow at The Alibi Room (720 Brunswick St, New Farm) from 2pm and pick up your free copy.

And as the April Zine is now complete, I am looking for submissions for the May Zine… so if you have a few poems sitting around, gathering dust in your bottom drawer/notepad/hard drive/ etc… and want to find them a good home, then consider this:

Send two (2) poems to me in the body of an email titled SpeedPoets Submission to: geenunn(at)yahoo.com.au. SpeedPoets is looking for work that is bold, passionate and unrestrained. Words that pull you close then touch you inappropriately…

Look forward to hearing from you.


And If You Are Into Zines These Places Are Worth Checking Out…

On my recent trip to Melbourne, I had the joy of discovering Sticky Institute. Check out their site (and better still if you are in Melbourne, drop in) as they are willing to stock zines in all shapes and genres. Another great resource if you have a zine and want to get it into circulation is Bird in the Hand. I hadn’t yet discovered Bird in the Hand, but came across it in a great article called Zines and the decay of modern civilisation in the new look QLD Writers Centre Magazine. The good folk at QWC have revamped Writing QLD and I have to say the first issue (the DIY issue) is superb.


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Brisbane Poetry Gig Guide – March 25

Saturday March 28

Under a Daylight Moon returns to Novel Lines Book Shop, 153 LaTrobe Tce, Paddington from 3pm with feature readings from Ron Heard (tales of Homer creating himself) and Pam Schindler who will be previewing her debut collection. There will also be live music from Mark Shorts and a haiku reading by this Lost Shark (see yesterdays post – haiku + haiku reading). Entry is free but buskers rules apply. See you there!


Sunday March 29

Ahimsa House proudly supports the local community-based poetry group in West End—The Kurilpa Poets. The next gig is Sunday, 29th March 2009. Time: 02—04.30 PM at  – The Emma Goldman Room – at Ahimsa House, 26 Horan Street West End (opposite the West End State School). Everyone is welcome. Murri and Koori poets please join in!
Our feature poet for March is Co-convenor of The Kurilpa Poets, and one of Brisbane’s gifted kavi (poet[s])—Vijan (Vij) Chandra. In his poetry Vij Chandra demonstrates a sharp sensitivity to his surroundings, with powerful impressions recollected through a prism of tranquillity. Vij Chandra brings an ardent sensibility to his exploration of human relationships, the loneliness in a crowd, the wistfulness of fleeting unions, the pining for love, the endless waiting to fulfil dreams, and the urgent, mortal necessity to live life to the full.


Sunday April 5

SpeedPoets returns for its second gig of 2009 with a a three-way feature attack. Be there when Brisbane’s longest running poetry event, rolls back into The Alibi Room, 720 Brunswick St, New Farm from 2pm, with features from local spoken word/hip-hop artist Dark Wing Dubs, the hauntingly beautiful sounds of Brisbane songstress Skye Staniford and a special treat, all the way from the Northern Territory, spoken word artist Pru Gell. There will also be live sounds from the SpeedPoets engine room of Sheish Money, free zines, giveaways and the hottest Open Mic section in our fine city. Entry is a gold coin donation.

SpeedPoets: Sunday April 5, 2pm – 5pm @ The Alibi Room, 720 Brunswick St. New Farm.


Friday April 17

Contraverse launches into 2009 at The Book Nook, Boundary St. West End from 7pm with Round Robin Open Mic and a feature set from Miss Ruby Fizz herself, Zenobia Frost. Entry is free.


Saturday April 18

Words or Whatever is Brisbane’s newest gig. All the Spoken Word, Slam, Hip-Hop and Subversion takes place from 6:30pm at Black Star Cafe, 44 Thomas Street, West End. The April gig features performances by LESSONMC, SURREAL, MANTIST, TRIKS & CHARLIE CHOCOLATE.


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