We regret to announce
The Kurilpa Poets event
Bring Out Your Dead
Sunday 29th April
due to the ongoing collapse of Western Civilization.
We apologise for the inconvenience.
KURILPA POETS PRESENT
“BRING OUT YOUR DEAD”
“Poems for the Plague/ Verse for the Hearse.”
Join Reverend Hellfire & the Kurilpa Poets on
SUNDAY 29th. MARCH 2020
2pm at the Olde Croquet Club, 91 Cordelia Street
In the shade of sacred Musgrave Park
with Feature Poet
& as Mystery Musicians of the Month
launching their new single
The Litanies of Television.
Plus Open Mic Sessions, Giveaways,
Free Refreshments, the Virtual Gallery,
Free Grave Pits & Onsite Parking!
All this & More!?.
$8 on the door
/$5 for members
March Master of Ceremonies & part time Plague Doctor, the Reverend Hellfire welcomes you all to join the Kurilpa Water Rats at our Emergency Pandemic Poetry/Vector Event, as they spread Poems for the Plague
and Verse for the Hearse!
First off the carts is our Feature Poet for this month, veteran Northern Rivers poet, the ever affable Vince Stead.
Amongst other things Vince is the Winner of the coveted People’s Choice Award at the Nimbin World Performance Poetry Cup in 2016 and 2019, as well as People’s Choice winner in the 2019 Lismore Poetry Cup.
Covering an eclectic range of subjects, Vince writes accessable Poetry with Heart and a sly sense of humour that hooks you & reels you right in.
Look forward to a singular session of wicked & worthy wordplay from our poetic country cousin.
featured as Mystery Musicians of the Month, the Kurilpa Poets got their first ever noise complaint (from a Supreme Court Judge no less!) and police halted the set! But that was at the Sitting Duck and now we have returned to the cosmopolitan, anything-goes-vibe of the olde Croquet Club where this time, hopefully, they will be able to complete their set without interruption.
Which would be nice as the ‘Loops will be launching their new single, (based on a poem by Charles Baudelaire and a riff stolen from Jerry Lee Lewis!) the engagingly entitled
“The Litanies of Television”
and to mark the occasion will be giving away to the first 6 patrons a limited edition CD of their new song plus all four songs from the rare, first TAPELOOPS ep
“Fire in Heaven”.
Don’t forget to bring your own Poetry/Words/Music to share in Open Mic, and if you feel like bringing a bottle or packet or plate of something nice to contribute to the Feast, that’d be peachy keen!
THE KURILPA POETS
Sunday, 24th November 2019, 2pm
2019 Kurilpa Poetry Cup Winner
and Mystery Musician of the Month
plus at no extra cost, Poetic Firebrand
DR JOHN JIGGENS
launching his latest publication,
a slim volume of verse,
“For the Dan O’Neill School
of Disembodied Poetics”
Copies will be available at the door for purchase.
Author’s signature at no extra cost!
*Two (2) Open Mic Sessions*
(bring a Poem or Story to share
or just bring your ears to hear)
*The VIRTUAL GALLERY*
(Mad Artistic Visions galore!)
*Free Onsite parking * Free food & Refreshments.*
Entry $8/$5 members
All Friendly Folk Welcome
We also encourage the community minded
to bring a plate or bottle or packet
of something nice to share.
But more importantly, just bring yourself
and don’t miss this final opportunity for 2019 to escape the humdrum monotony of the daily grind with
the Kurilpa Poets’ End of Year Event,
on Sunday, 24th November at
The Olde Croquet Club
91 Cordelia Street, Sth Brisbane
In the shade of sacred Musgrave Park
2019 Kurilpa Poetry Cup
It was a Brilling Day, and there were certainly at least a handful of borogroves out there on the Wabe, but as to whether they were gimbling or gyring, it was impossible to say at that distance.
Meanwhile the Poets were gathering in their numbers inside the Old Croquet Club at sacred Musgrave Park for the running of the fabulous Kurilpa Poetry Cup.
This was the Seventh occasion that the Cup has been run & won and thirteen talented Poets lined up at the track this year to compete for the honour of winning this fabulous
Literary Artefact, long reputed to possess Mystical Powers.
We were fortunate to have as Feature Poet and esteemed Poetic Judge this year, non-other than our very own local City Councillor, noted Political Maverick & Poetic Firebrand,
Mr Jonothan SRI.
It was also an emotional occasion for the regular crew, as this was to be our last monthly event held at the old Croquet Club, where we have had so many memorable Events over recent years. But all things change, and current President Cam has already taken steps to find us a new home, and so we shake off the nostalgia like a dog that’s just come bounding out of the Sea, and look forward to the Future with bright &eager eyes.
Straight up out of the gates was former Kurilpa President, the Reverend Hellfire. This was the first time the Rev has been able to participate in the Cup himself due to ‘conflict of interest’ issues in previous years, but now out of Office, he was keen to take this opportunity to demonstrate his poetic prowess, with a wandering shaggy dog story covering Magic, Flying Saucers and SCUD missiles, (amongst other things) that took him through to the Second Round.
Following the Rev was another firm favourite with the Water Rats, non-other than Fiona Privitera herself, on this occasion accompanied by her onboard passenger. (editors note; said Passenger has since arrived. Mother & Child are doing well) Fi was the Kurilpa Poetry Cup winner herself a couple of years back and her poetry has the ability to be both clinical and emotional and though invariably delivered quietly, it always packs a kick. Her selection for this occasion won her a well deserved place in the Final round.
Next up was Paul Dobbyn with a humorous conversational/observational poem with Beetlesque overtones that landed him in Christchurch with a cracked skull.
Gentleman Poet, Mr Michael Vaughan then took the stage to deliver in a quiet but confident tones a perfectly phrased Love poem in the sonnet form, framed, as is his wont, with appropriate quotations.
Though this was apparently the first time Hayley P. aka “Pixxigutzz” has ever read in public, she took to the stage and delivered her angst-laden but feisty verse with a verve & confidence that took her on to the finals. PG indeed!
Next up, that Dynamo of Dyslexia, the ever popular SAVANU, demonstrating the gentle art of using “found objects” from your environment (eg signs, menus, etc) to construct poems. If that sounds confusing, believe me, it all adds up..to $39.60 on this occasion, apparently. SAV knows.
Next up was TREEBEARD, who had travelled all the way from Arnhem Land to be with us, a rapping Daedalus from the Desert seamlessly delivering a Tripping Tap-dancing rap at impressive length. Perhaps he learned the circular breathing technique for playing didgereedoo while up in the Territory? Whatever, his powerful performance took him to the next round.
Our Visual Arts Director, Shane K then stepped forth to demonstrate his skills in a different Medium from his usual oeuvre, delivering us a charming piece of whimsy concerning a Cats Dream, that won the Judges heart and took Shane thru to the finals.
Also demonstrating unsuspected talents was David, Cello Player extraordinary and known musical associate of of the lovely JEM SPARKLES, explaining (on general principles) why,
“I will not become a member.”
Joining us all the way from Murwillumbah was Damien Becker,
a member of local outfit there, the Poetry Out Loud Crew, I believe. Damien gave us a thoughtful & moving meditation on Art, the Environment, and what we will leave for our Grandchildren, that drew sustained applause from the audience and earned him a place in the Final Round.
Local Legend, the “Loaded Dog” was up next, delivering an appropriately Lawson-esque Diss on the chicanery of Modern Day Politicians. A Poet with bite!
Twas good to see Nigel Q return to the Kurilpa Poets stage again.
He told us an archetypal tale,
entertaining us with the antics of our local Cops & Robbers.
Wrapping up the First Round was FLO, a young chap with a French accent, who accompanied himself on the keyboards to croon to us an atmospheric Cabaret style poem. Wow! It was great, and a fitting way to cap off the Opening Round.
So then it was break time and whilst the Poets chatted and ate and made merry, up on stage Jem SPARKLES shimmered and shone, stomping & moaning and growling and purring her up-beat selection of Original tunes and Seventies favourites. When she kicked into “Ring of Fire” the Rev could hold back no longer and falling to his knees at Jem’s feet, sang an impassioned accompaniment to the second verse.
Young David on Cello soared industriously away, ably supporting Jem’s pyro-technics with a magnificent humm & thrumm. The two muso’s wove a rich full sonic tapestry to enfold us in.
Fittingly for this, our final gig at the Croquet Club, Jem ended her last set with a Stirling rendition of Jimmy Morrison & the Doors doom laden classic, “The End” and left the stage to rapturous applause.
Next up it was time for our esteemed, elected local representative
Kurilpa Cup Judge, Mr Jonothan Sri to stretch his poetic legs.
He clearly enjoyed the opportunity to get back to his poetic roots,
and delivered a powerhouse set, passionate and visionary.
Jono knows his material by Heart, for it comes from the Heart, and he delivers in a style both precise & well articulated and somehow at the same time, conversational. No doubt about it, as a Performance Poet he is up there with the best.
Whilst outside the Plovers screeched in accompaniment
inside Jono declaimed “Change is coming to Brisbane”,
railing with the fervour of an old Testament Prophet
and the audience responded with their own fervour.
For the final round Jono selected 6 poets to deliver a second poem;
Treebeard, Shane K., Damien Becker, The Reverend Hellfire, Fi and Ms Pixxiegutzz.
All six deserved their place in the second Round, and as Jono admitted, there were a couple more who could easily have been selected. Yes, the poetic quality was high that day, the content was eclectic and varied, and overall I didn’t hear a single dud poem.
Reverend Hellfire led off with his own Epic of Environmental Angst, laden with prophetic foreboding. Damien Becker delved into the deeply personal to discover the archetypal. Shane K had Death itself nibbling at his buttocks, Treebeards’ reflected ruminations proved to be conclusively inconclusive, and MZ PixxieGutz confirmed her reputation as the articulate voice of Teen Angst, while Fi’s gentle tale spoke to us of the quiet joys of Domestic Bliss, Love and Food. Especially the Food.
And so it was Judgement Hour. Various Public Service Announcements of Interest filled the brief interlude, as our worthy Judge tallied his notes, flipped coins, and prepared his Alibis. Meanwhile Visual Arts Director Shane K was subjected to questioning over his Art, which was featuring on the Virtual Gallery for the occasion.
I didn’t envy Jono his task. Judging Poetry performances is fraught with peril at the best of times. How much weight should be given to the Delivery?..to the Content?..to the Skill shown in the construction, to the “Punch” of the Poem itself, the immediate visceral Hit of Recognition when a poem is saying it & laying it down True?
Starting with the Judges’ Traditional Opening Remarks on the Difficulty of their Task, Jono when on to thoughtfully and generously review the Work presented that day. But in the end, as they say, there can only be One Winner (well, actually one year we had Two winners, and ever since then we’ve kept a spare Cup to one side..just in case) and in this particular instance, it was our Journeyman Poet from across the Tweed, Mr Damien Becker who won the day with his alchemically constructed poetry that amalgamated the Personal with the Political
and distilled it into the Philosophical.
Showing that the Judges instincts weren’t entirely amiss,
it was then revealed that Damien was also this years winner of the People’s Choice Award! This is the first time that a competing Poet has collected both Prizes simultaneously, so Damien can truly claim to have won both Critical and Popular acclaim.
(One of Damien’s prize winning poems will be appearing shortly on this site.)
All in all it was indeed a fabulous occasion, and a fitting goodbye to the old Croquet Club which has provided us with such a fine home for so long. Thanks to all the Poets, all the Listeners and everyone who contributed to make it such a memorable occasion.
just the usual assortment of ratbags & nogoodnoks
Words- Unckle Rat
Pictures; Shane K (mostly)
Good day, citizens!
RETURNS tomorrow afternoon!!
Yes tomorrow, that’s;
Be advised, we will be starting a little earlier than usual. Details are as follows:
(Please note – unlike the Croquet Hall, this is a licensed venue, so please don’t bring your own alcohol)
Hope to see you all there!
(Also – the Kurilpa Cup PHOTO Review is on the way soon. Keep watching the skies.)
ARTIST OF THE MONTH
The enigmatic Director of Visual Arts steps forward this month to show us his etchings!
And his doodlings & scratchings & scribblings & inkings and daubings!
Yes he’s a versatile chap is our Shane, forever experimenting & exploring in an effort to expand the parameters of his Visual Lexicon. Further to that, his knowledge of Art appears to be encyclopedic. As the Kurilpa Poets’ highly esteemed Director of all things artistic & visual, Shane has been the person responsible for filling the Big Screen of our Virtual Art Gallery with a staggering array of artistic talents, from struggling, local newcomers, and obscure, old genius’s long-ago rotted in their garrets, to the Big Names of Art History as well, often shining a light on the more shadowy parts of their careers.
His penchant for playing early, black & white, surrealist experimental films has also provided an interesting counterpoint to the Poetry erupting on stage,
many’s the time a pleasant congruency of Word and Image has occured unlooked for as a result.
We thought it only fitting therefore, that Shane himself take the spotlight as the Unsuspected Artist of the Month, for this our final, monthly Kurilpa Poets gig at the olde Croquet Club.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to witness a choice selection of the work of one of Brisbanes’ greatest “Unsuspected Artists”!
So see you 2pm this Sunday, 30th June
at the Kurilpa Poetry Cup
91 Cordelia Street, West End
Line Up & Rules for the fabulous
2019 KURILPA POETRY CUP
Sunday 30th June, 2pm
with Feature Poet & Guest Judge
& Mystery Musician
& the unsuspected Artistry of
Master of Ceremonies
Yes once again the Kurilpa Poetry Cup is upon us,
a chance for all local Vocals & vociferous Versifiers to strut their stuff
and win fabulous prizes, including, of course,
the multi-purpose magnificence of the CUP itself,
as well as the traditional Bottle of Wine,
a Loaf of Bread & a Book of Verses,
and a small cash prize of $50,
plus a number of other subsidiary prizes to be awarded
to sundry contestants at the discretion of our esteemed Judge.
This year we are honoured to have help with the Judging duties for the KP CUP, non-other than our very own Political Firebrand and Poetic Maverick, local Greens councillor, Jonathan SRI.
Jonno has always been a keen supporter of the Kurilpa Poets and Poetry in general. Indeed, he is a polished and articulate poetic performer in his own right, and we look forward to his return appearance at the Croquet Club for the 2019 Kurilpa Poetry Cup.
Judging Poetry can be a difficult business, (Poets have been known to bve overly sensitive!) and we thank Jonno for taking the time out from his busy schedule to take on yet another “civic duty”.
The guidelines are pretty much the same as in previous years..
KURILPA POETRY CUP GUIDELINES
*There is no fee for competing in the Cup.
*Sign up is from 1.45.
*The first round will start approx 2.20.
*A number of finalists will be selected to go on to the final round, so have at least 2 two poems prepared.
*You can use props or musical instruments or assistants.
*There is not usually a time limit, but if there are a large number of entrants we may have to ration out reading time on the day. We therefore advise keeping yr poems under the 4 minute mark.
The Winning Poet will be showered with prizes, these being;
*An elegant, re-purposed Trophy (reputed to possess Mystical Powers!)
*A handsome certificate suitable for framing or wrapping fish
*$50 in cash,
and of course, the traditional
*Loaf of Bread, Jug of Wine and Book of Verses.
There will also be a Peoples Choice Award, and worthy competing Poets this year may be awarded various other trinkets for their efforts as the Judges whim or fancy dictates.
For those interested in learning more about the origins and history of this Iconic Event, the Reverend Hellfire has produced an historical monograph, which can be read
Stay tuned, gentlefolk, as the final details for this noble tradition of the spoken word are even now taking shape. An esteemed guest poet will shortly be
invited to act as judge for the day’s contest, which will see entrants competing not only for the fabulous Kurilpa Cup itself, but also for the associated subsidiary prizes traditionally presented to the winner, these being;
a jug of wine, a loaf of bread and a book of verse.
There will also be some cash and some handsome certificates presented not just to the Winner but to the Runners Up to commemorate their Triumph, and indeed there will be a general grab bag of prizes to be presented, as whim and fancy dictates, to competing poets on the day.
So get ready, Brisbane! Gird your loins, sharpen your teeth and bring your bitter words! Bring your sweet sonnets! Bring your sarcastic satires!
Bring your sonorous Odes!
Sunday, 30th June,
Door Opens 2pm with our
Mystery Musician of the Month!!!