Kurilpa Poets @ the Lucky Duck – Sunday, 28th July

Good day, citizens!

The Kurilpa Poets Open Mic

RETURNS tomorrow afternoon!!

Yes tomorrow, that’s;


at a brand new venue!

That’s right – the fine folks at the

Lucky Duck Bar and Cafe have kindly agreed to let us strut our stuff in their laid-back environs. This time around we’ll be having two rounds of open mic, and also possibly a keyword writing challenge.

Be advised, we will be starting a little earlier than usual. Details are as follows:

Sunday, 28th July

1:30 – 3:30 p.m

Lucky Duck Bar and Cafe –

15 Gladstone Road, Highgate Hill

(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!

Join the Reverend Hellfire & Co., at the Lucky Duck

(Also – the Kurilpa Cup PHOTO Review is on the way soon. Keep watching the skies.)

“Water Rats at the Lucky Duck! X@*!!


Update: Kurilpa Poets, 28th July

Good evening, kindly citizens!

After a hard three weeks of scrying, the High Council of the Kurilpa Institute of Creativity have located a venue for the July Open Mic (better late than never, as it goes).

Yessum, we shall meet again at the LUCKY DUCK CAFE & BAR, located in Highgate Hill!

This lovely venue has hosted many poets in the past, and they have graciously agreed to host us for our July gig.

So watch the skies! Stay tuned for more details, coming very soon……..

“Unsuspected Artist” of the Month; SHANE K



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


2019 Kurilpa Poetry Cup! Line Up & Rules

Line Up & Rules for the fabulous


Sunday 30th June, 2pm

with Feature Poet & Guest Judge


& Mystery Musician


Ooh it Sparkles!

& the unsuspected Artistry of


the enigmatic Shane K

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.

Jonno at Kurilpa poets 2016


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”.

2013 kurilpa cup

The guidelines are pretty much the same as in previous years..


*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



Kurilpa Cup 2019

Hear ye, hear ye, ratbags and misfits of Kurilpa!

(and Brisbane Poetry in general).

The time is nigh once again for the fabled

Kurilpa Poetry Cup


The previous year’s cup, (rumoured to hold mystical powers)…


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!!!

at the West End Croquet Club,

91 Cordelia Street, South Brisbane.

More details TBA soon!

2018 KPcup


Kurilpa Open Mic – Sunday 26th May, 2pm

Kurilpa Presents…


The Official ‘Back to Basics’ Poetry Deprivation Chamber!


Well, not exactly.

Due to some very tricky circumstances, Kurilpa have been unable to secure Feature Poets nor Muscians for this month’s gig.


In its place we shall still be entertained! Our usual Extended Open Mic and afternoon tea spread shall be in evidence, as well as a Random Writing Theme!

Yes, that’s right. Tomorrow we shall play a little game… a spontaneous poetry game, to stimulate our little grey cells.

So, all together now!

2pm, Sunday the 26th of May

West End Croquet Club

91 Cordelia Street, South Brisbane

Bring a plate to share, and bring your weird words!

Be there, or be somewhere far less interesting!


Kurilpa Poets Open Mic – Sunday, 26th May

That which is not dead, can eternal lie.

And within strange aeons, even death may die.

But the Kurilpa Poets ain’t dead yet, folks!

That’s right! Though the country is still reeling from the slings and arrows of outrageously unexpected election results, we’ll be there as always to sling a little mud (and hopefully some words too).

So gird your loins, Brisbane! Make steely your sinews and prepare for poetry!

The particulars, as always:

2pm, Sunday the 26th of May

West End Croquet Club

91 Cordelia Street, South Brisbane

More details await as the fog begins to clear, so stay tuned, fine citizens!


Update – The Return of the Kurilpa Poets! Sunday, 28th of April, at the West End Croquet Hall.

That’s right, folks!

After a brief period of radio static and sudden silence, everyone’s favorite ratbag gig is back for the last Sunday of April!

This month, our hallowed hall will be blessed with the words and reflections of a Kurilpa original,

Fiona Privitera


Fiona returns to us after a sojourn into the unknown… possibly, we’re not sure. However, we are sure that her work is sure to amaze us even as it unravels out ideas and preconceptions like so much yarn in a labyrinth.

As for our Mystery Muso… it’s a mystery! Stay tuned to find out.

The Vital Statistics:

Sunday, 28th April


West End Croquet Hall

Entry – $5 Members, $8 non-members

Be there, or be somewhere far less interesting!

Kurilpa Poets Open Mic – 31st of March

Rachel Cecilia

RACHEL CECELIA; Kurilpa’s Feature Poet for March

Greetings, good citizens!

The rumours bounding about the suburbs are true – after an unusually long month The Kurilpa Poets are returning for another round of open mic, so come and try out our new PA system, the old one having burnt out after too many sonnets!

After the strange environs of our excursion to House Conspiracy, we return (for now) to our original home at the West End Croquet Club.

Moreover, our Feature Artist can now be revealed – acclaimed performance poet Rachel Cecelia!

Here is a sample of her credentials:

Rachel Cecelia has been writing and accidentally performing poetry for at least three years, gracing stages at Ruckus Brisbane, B-Sides and the Jungle Love Festival. Moving many audiences with her words about relationships, breakups, and occasionally her vulva, Rachel Cecelia is filled to the brim with courage and a constant champion for self love.

And as for our Mystery Muso…

Well… it’s a mystery, you see – you’ll have to come and find out!


UNSUSPECTED ARTIST for March is English figurative artist Stanley Spencer, (1891-1959) famed for painting Biblical scenes using characers and scenes from English rural life.

(c) DACS; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

So come join us on Sunday, the 31st of March!

Address: 91 Cordelia Street, South Brisbane

Time: 2pm – 5pm


Bring a poem, and bring your bitter words!

(Trendy collage flyer coming soon, I promise).


Kurilpa Poets Open Mic – February review Kurilpa on the Road!

Good day, fine citizens of Fayre Brisbane Towne!

Bright was the blessed Sunday arvo of February 24 that found our humble poetry mob step blinking from our usual warrens and seek the fertile ground of House Conspiracy – West End.


The poets slowly filed in to the strange environs of the Old Queenslander undercroft, the shadowy corners filled with arcane artwork and odd shadows that twisted away from the fluorescent lights above.

We entered to the sacred music of one Lucie Garlick, whose incredible vocal range and creative storytelling formed the heart and soul of our gathering. She belted out awesome hot bluesy rock, uncompromising and fierce.


Soon enough, the open mic began in earnest, as faces new and old assembled to listen as we shared our odd confessions:

Newcomer Heather bravely took to the stage first to share four short poems of days long gone, of Western Plains and stars, rainclouds and the rich imagery of a coming day, before paying tribute to the wartime nurses and the Australian Light Horse.

Michal Vaugn, the sonateer of all seasons, gave us a payday sonnet – with jingling pockets, stipends and renumeration, such satisfaction, practical and fun in equal measure.

The Venerable Eido gave us, initially, something happier, a confession of fury, and the lacking of the soul.

Geoffrey Evans, who has become a woman, though still an embryo, paying the price with even measure.

Thomas brough us Laments of Life, the deaths that sneak, the ill behaviours, allowed by passivity.

Savanu shared with us an ancient saga – the saga of the Dividing Act, no contribution required to the common boundary.

Another newcomer, Tusitala spoke honestly and passionately of the New Australian, shared the tale of being a migrant kid, settling in a new land, going from monsoons to seas of maroon.

The Reverend Hellfire first lamented the lack of a jackhammer (the construction noise outside sometimes intruding), then lamented the death of the earth – with a song, fighting for bread and water. Build a dome-shaped ark!

Trent was a mad dog, drowning out the noisy earthworks with a tale of Toms, Dicks and Harrys, vapour trails of hell and evil incarnate in a passionate message about abuse and cover-up – spread the good word about the greatest evil.


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After a brief intermission, out own art director Shane gave an impressive lecture on the life and times of our artist of the month, Frida Kahlo, sharing the work and life of this remarkable woman with us.


Our second half was opened by Lucie, who wanted to share with us the intimacy of creation after sharing with us her inspiring and energetic performance.

Eido gave us a sad prison poem – Six years at Wolston – coping with crime with no damn reprieve.

Geoffry spoke of a London kid going to town with an elaborate revenge plot via STDs, before sharing with us what the radio called A Perfect Love Poem.

Thomas gave us “Unspoken” – the difficult reality of new families and the trials of true love.

Thus spake Savanu – “So much for free speech” – Tales of dirty looks while busking, and the strange looks from passers-by

And at last, Trent shared with us a quick love poem – the windows to the heart.

With that, our little entourage called the session to a close. Many thanks to the dear poets who came to share and listen, to our art director Shane, Linda for handing the kitchen matters, and to our wandering minstrel Lucie.

Stay tuned, dear citizens! Details of next month will be arriving soon. Until next time, keep writing and keep listening.