About the Kurilpa Poets

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Brisbane group the Kurilpa Poets are based in the  Cosmopolitan inner-city Kurilpa enclave, comprising the suburbs of West End, South Brisbane, Hill End, Highgate Hill, Wooloongabba and Dutton Park.

Croq Club Kurilpa Poets with tree reduced

They hold regular  Poetic Happenings on the last Sunday of every month;

at the Old Croquet Club on the corner of Musgrave Park,

91 Cordelia Street, West End.

The olde Croquet Club beneath the trees of Musgrave Park

The olde Croquet Club beneath the trees of Musgrave Park

croq club back steps and tree

The Kurilpa Poets were launched at Ahimsa House

in October 2006 by esteemed local poet, Paul Milo,

Kurilpa Poets Legendary Founder; Paul Milo

Kurilpa Poets Legendary Founder; Paul Milo

who served as its principal convenor and driving force until May 2009,

when he resigned from this position due to health problems.

Subsequently a committee was formed to take over

the task of keeping poetry alive in the Kurilpa Peninsula

 with its long Bohemian tradition,

and the Kurilpa Institute of Creativity Inc., was formed.

Kurilpa Rat

KURILPA- “Place of the Water Rat”

KICI is a non-profit , community based organisation

whose Objective is to promote

Poetry, Literature, Art, Performance and

(“without limiting the generality of the term”)

Creative Endeavours of all kinds.

To this end we encourage participation from a diverse range of individuals

at our monthly “Happenings” where we feature the talents

of local and imported Poets, Musicians, and Artists of various hues.

We regularly appear at Schools, Libraries, and Festivals

and actively seek to promote our members work.

Paul Dobbyn reading with the Kurilpa Poets at St. Columbans High School

Paul Dobbyn reading with the Kurilpa Poets at St. Columbans High School

Kurilpa Poets take Poetry to the Streets. World Poetry Day, 2014, West End

Kurilpa Poets take Poetry to the Streets. World Poetry Day, 2014, West End

Reverend Hellfire spreading the Word. World Poetry Day 2014

Reverend Hellfire spreading the Word. World Poetry Day 2014

We also document the ongoing Brisbane poetry scene ,

capturing many powerful poetic performances

over the years on video and photograph for our Archives.

Despite numerous changes of venue and personnel  over time

we’re still here chasing that dream!

We hope one day you’ll join us.

1st KICI Committee, with President Amanda Maidstone-Towell in Orange, Vij, Paul Dobbyn and current treasurer Carol

1st KICI Committee, with President Amanda Maidstone-Towell
in Orange, Vij Chanrda & Paul Dobbyn down the front and current treasurer Carol Balfour in black, back right Paul Hines.

KICI President2012-May2013, Marilyn Roberts

KICI President 2012-May2013, Marilyn Roberts

2013 KICI President; The Reverend Hellfire

2013-16 KICI President; The Reverend Hellfire

Carol Balfor; Trusted Kurilpa Treasurer since 2012

Carol Balfor; Trusted Kurilpa Treasurer since 2012

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Excellent! The 2014-15 KICI Committee in Conclave. From Left, Linda Loop, Reverend Hellfire (President 2013-15), Carol Balfour (Treasurer 2012 -15), Cam Logan and Shane Kneipp (Visual Arts Director)

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2014-15 Committee with Carol Balfour, Cam Logan, Shane Kneipp, John Treason (Secretary) and Linda Loop

KURILPA is  the local Aboriginal name for the South Brisbane/West End area and means “Place of Water-Rats“.

KICI/Kurilpa Poets acknowledge & honour

the original guardians of the Kurilpa  Area.

We are proud to adopt the Water-Rat as our totem!

May 2015. The  KICI Committee welcome newest member, Jefferson Evans (standing in red).

May 2015. The KICI Committee in conclave. Observing, newest member, Jefferson Evans (standing in red).

The noble Water Rat!

The noble Australian Water Rat!

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The KURILPA POETS can be contacted at

kurilpapoets@yahoo.com.au

We can also be contacted through our Facebook page.

home of the water rat

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12 comments on “About the Kurilpa Poets

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  2. My name is Michael Vaughan and I have been a resident of West End for the past 24 years.
    I would like to attend the Poetry Afternoon at 2:00 pm this Sunday [29 March 2015] at Kurilpa Hall, 174 Boundary Street, West End. I would also like to read to the assembled Poets one of my Sonnets, about Uther Pendragon, Father of the legendary King Arthur.
    I acknowledge the Turrbal Nation, a fishing people, as the traditional owners of West End.

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    • That’s great! We look forward to you joining us. I for one am interested in hearing your thoughts on the legendary Uther. Or is he legendary? Primary sources are patchy at best for those times, which is wonderful for we poets of course, coz it means we can improvise endlessly, hoho….

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  3. I am running a school fair on the Sunshine Coast in August. Its got an art and cultural theme and I want to find some story tellers / poets to do short sets. Paid of course. Any ideas? email attached Thank you

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