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.
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 Kurilpa Poets were launched at Ahimsa House
in October 2006 by esteemed local poet, 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.
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.
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.
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!
The KURILPA POETS can be contacted at
We can also be contacted through our Facebook page.