The Truth behind the 2017 Kurilpa Poetry Cup!

The 2016 Cup.. well, one of them!

We encourage newcomers to the Kurilpa Poetry Cup to delve deeply into our Archives

and there peruse the Historical Records, to learn thereby the fascinating Facts

and monstrous Myths surrounding the origins of this revered Ancient Folk Ritual.

Truth Seekers should Click on the link below to discover..

The True History of the Kurilpa Poetry Cup

https://kurilpapoetry.wordpress.com/2016/02/21/a-true-history-of-the-kurilpa-cup/

The 2013 Kurilpa Poetry Cup

An early relic; The 2013 Kurilpa Poetry Cup

2017 KURILPA POETRY CUP, Sunday, 26th Feb

Announcing that, yes, it’s time for;

The 2017

KURILPA POETRY CUP

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Sunday, 26th February, 2017

at the olde Croquet Club

91 Cordelia Street, West End.

WITH

Fabulous Prizes!

Mystery Musicians!

The Virtual Gallery!

Free Food & Refreshments!

And Special Feature Poet

CAM LOGAN

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And so as the esteemed Kurilpa Poetry Cup stumbles into it’s 6th year, it finds itself in danger of becoming a local Institution! But we shall do our best to ignore the encroaching ravages of Respectability and console ourselves with the thought that most of our Poets belong in some sort of Institution anyway.

We’re proud to have 2-time Cup winner

CAM LOGAN

graciously agree to act as Judge, Jury, and Executioner for the Kurilpa Poetry Cup this year.

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Twirls mustache, laughs sinister..

Cam, of course, will also be our Feature Poet for the occasion, as it’s become a Kurilpa Cup tradition

(or perhaps convention) that the presiding Judge also appears that day as Feature Poet, giving aspiring new poets an opportunity to learn from the Best, and we always try to have the most Inspirational Poets available to judge the Cup (hence recent Judges include Robin Archibold, David Stavanger

and David Hallett)

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2015 Judge Arch, The Rev and Cam Logan winning his second Kurilpa Poetry Cup

Besides we feel it only fair to give our Judges an opportunity to show they can Walk the Walk as well as Talking the Talk, lest there be doubters or mockers. But doubt not! Globe-trotting Cam Logan is up there with the best of them. Check out his recent experimental work as FREE LUNA 

So come one come all. Bring your best poems and join the fray, or come to listen and enjoy the day!

The 2016 Cup.. well, one of them!

The 2016 Cup.. well, one of them!

KURILPA POETRY CUP GUIDELINES

The details are pretty much as always;

*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.

*The Cup is free to enter.

*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 4 minutes.

The Winning Poet will be showered with prizes, receiving;

An elegant, repurposed Trophy,

A handsome certificate suitable for framing or lining the budgie cage,

$50 in cash,

and of course, the traditional

Loaf of Bread, Jug of Wine and Book of Verses.

Runners up will get a certificate and some sort of trinket.

The 2013 Kurilpa Poetry Cup

The 2013 Kurilpa Poetry Cup

Please note that while it’s free to take part in the Cup, there will be a $5 door charge for all.

So come and Join us 2pm Sunday 26th February

for the fabulous KURILPA POETRY CUP

at the old Croquet Club, 91 Cordelia Street

on the edge of sacred Musgrave Park

and stay tuned for further updates..

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2016's joint KPC winners, Andrew Ellery and Fiona Privitera

2016’s joint KPC winners, Andrew Ellery and Fiona Privitera compare Cup sizes

Unsuspected Artist Lloyd Rees, Sun Nov 27th

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November’s Unsuspected Artist

Lloyd Rees

This months Virtual Gallery feature at the Kurilpa Poets end of year gig

is local landscape artist, Lloyd Rees.

Yeronga born Rees’s long life (1895 to 1988) was filled with his uniquely meticulous paintings and sketchings.

Receiving both acclaim and harsh criticism for his style, he was twice winner of the prestigious Wynne Prize.

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Despite losing his sight in later years, Rees continued painting, claiming that one of the benefits of going blind was that he was now able to look directly into the sun.

Come along this Sunday November 27th, 2pm, to the Old Croquet Club

and check out this virtual exhibition as Visual Arts Director Shane K

tells us more about this influential Australian artist.

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NOW WE ARE TEN, Water Rats Anniversary, Sun 27th November

“Now We Are Ten!”

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THE KURILPA POETS

End of Year/10th Anniversary Celebration!

Sunday, 27th November, 2016

Starts 2pm

with

SPECIAL FEATURE POET: 

THERESA TRACEY CREED

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MYSTERY MUSICIAN: MATT BARNES

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MC: REVEREND HELLFIRE

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& A Special Appearance by KURILPA RAT!
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and as always there’ll be;

Open Mic Sessions! The Virtual Gallery! Prizes!

Free Speech! Free Thought!

Free Food & Refreshments!

Fabulously Friendly Folk!

And ample On-site Parking!

All this and more for a mere $5

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They said we’d never make it,

but here we are, November, 2016CE

and the Kurilpa poets are still gamely stumbling forward,

verse spilling from their lips as they pass.

Who knows whither they goest?

No man, no, nor woman neither.

Let them pass. Or better yet, join the jolly parade

of poets, prophets,

polemicists and psychopaths

as they make their merry way into the Future.

Bring your favourite verse, no need to rehearse,

just take to the stage and read from the page,

or just bring your ears, but make sure you appear!

And bring a bottle or plate, if you’re able to mate!

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So join the Water Rats

2pm, Sunday 27th November, 2016

at 91 Cordelia Street, South Brisbane

beneath the trees of sacred Musgrave Park

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1000 PROMISES PHOTO REVIEW

PHOTO REVIEW

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1,000 PROMISES

with

Madison Mae Parker & Francesca Willow

The Air was indeed rich with promise that day as the Water Rats gathered in their ancestral home, there to meet their International guests, and to share with them Words and Wine, Visions and Verse, Food and Fun!

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QPY and Linda Loop in action

We’d booked local troubadour QPapaYandi as Mystery Musician for the occasion and he did not disappoint, with his raucous, rockin’ tunes thumped out on a collection of suitably battered looking acoustic guitars. QPapa adds considerably to his sound with a Bob Dylanesque blues harp hanging ever at the ready around his neck. Joining him unannounced that day, to the delight of the crowd, was Trumpeter extrodinaire, the multi-talented Linda Loop. Passing control of the kitchen over to her loyal lieutenant Gil, she took her trusty Trumpet onstage to shake the rafters and give that extra bit of oomph to QPY’s tunes. It was a happy collaboration.

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Hitting the Open Mic that Day we saw Shane K warning us that the barbarians are coming..or possibly they’ve been delayed, enquiries are being made..Paul Dobbyn cheerily informed us that the Desert is a place he escapes to..first time reader Dave T bravely broke the bad news to his Other, “The Court says I can’t see you”…Marina T woke us all from a deep dream of peace with a rendition of the romantic classic Abou Ben Adhem (May his tribe increase)..

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The Venerable Eido updated us on the Arts Party’s recent successes whilst the Reverend Hellfire saw a worm in every apple..Sue Dreeves (happily uninterrupted by planes, helicopters or clumsy Reverend’s) shared her disbelief that, “the long road which took me here just ends!” The Reverend later helped medicate the ever-effervescent Geoffrey Evans after his empassioned rendition of the poem, “Mania”.

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Greg “Loaded Dog” Secombe was back from Spain and High on Cervantes. First time reader KENT told us of his project to write 100 Poems for his Partner, and shared with us Love Poem number 76, which, I believe, he plans to read at a friends’ upcoming wedding.

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Three O’clock, the first open Mic wound up and we dispersed to eat and drink and gossip while QPapaYandi and Linda Loop provided the soundtrack to our conviviality. We dined upon yet another fabulous feast donated by our big-hearted community and assembled by our hard-working kitchen team.

A gentle haze rose above the Rotunda..

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Suitably refreshed we re-gathered to listen to the end of QPY’s set and idly contemplate the eclectic collection of exquisite Japanese prints gathered for our appreciation by the Kurilpa Poets’ enigmatic and erudite Director of Visual Arts.

These ranged from the purely aesthetic to the aesthetic and erotic to the very strangely erotic. I now know more about nineteenth century Japanese Octopus Erotica than I ever dreamt possible, and my dreams were already very strange indeed..

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The first of our Feature Poets was Martin Porter who had journeyed all the way from the north island of New Zealand to be with us. Martin proved to be a pleasant, unassuming fellow poet whose poems betrayed a subtle humour and a keen eye.

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I spoke to him later about the poetry scene in his part of the world. They sound quite enthusiastic if not particularly organised in a formal way. However Martin tells me that they’ve done some self-publishing projects that have been quite successful.

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the amiable Mr Martin Porter

Then it was time for our much anticipated Feature Act, the combined artistry of wordsmith Madison Mae Parker and dancer Francesca Willow.

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Maddie & Fran acquire considerable stature thru performance

Texan Performance Poet Maddie and London-based dancer and choreographer Francesca have been touring the world with their “One Thousand Promises” show. Maddie (or “Mad” to her friends) declaims her passionate polemics, whilst Francesca interprets in writhing movement her every nuance, all accompanied by a recorded background soundtrack of their own original music. It’s a powerful mix.

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Both are very young, very professional

and very committed performers.

I was interested to note when talking to them afterwards,

just how short both girls were when I was standing next to them. No, neither would ever be called “tall”, yet on stage they both seem to acquire considerable stature. I put this effect down to the power of their personalities and performances.

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Mad’s words spill out/Churches of ambiguity/Van Gogh’s mutilated ear/unfinished apologies/wine in the vein and the broken body of a shared language/reasons not to kill yourself, primary one being the cat has to be fed (I know that one!). Meanwhile Francesca writhes and flexes, her body emotes while her face remains an impassive mask, the ancient Dichotomy of the Dance..

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Both gave large, brave performances in the intimate context of the Croquet Club Hall. Francesca in particular, I felt, had a difficult task; It must have been a challenging space for a dancer to work in; not safely up on a stage, illuminated on a pedestal and safely distanced from the audience. No, she had to work on the floor at our feet amongst the chairs. Like a true professional she rose to the challenge. Respect.

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The second Open Mic session was opened by Gerard who reminded us it was Halloween and proceeded to entertain us with some timely Zombie haiku. Continuing in the festive spirit, the Rev shared some tips on how to Kill a Vampyre,

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and later wrapped up the session with a spirited reading of absent Water Rat Michael Vaughan’s thrilling “action-sonnet” on the dramatic forced landing of

US AIRWAYS FLIGHT 1549“.

In retrospect it was perhaps not the most appropriate topic to read before our jet-setting, international guests, but they took it with good grace. Marina took us back to our roots with Clancy of the Overflow.

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The afternoon wore into evening and the Sun dipped towards the horizon.We bade our International guests “Fair Travelling”, and then, tired but happy, the Water-Rats made their way back to their burrows for another thirty days.

See you all next month for

the Kurilpa Poets’ End-of-Year-Gig,

which is also, coincidentally,

our Tenth Anniversary!

Woo-hoo!

Words; Unckle Rat

Photos; Shane K

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The Water Rats Picnic; Photo review

Who's the leader of the Gang???

Who’s the leader of the Gang??? Kurilpa Rat!

The Water Rats Picnic

Versifying at the West End Festival,

Saturday 29th October, 2016

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And so we Few, we Band of Brothers, took to the mean and gritty streets of West End to bring Poetry back to the People.

There had been some unfortunate scratchings to our line-up, and it was now down to a mere handful of bedraggled Survivors to uphold the good name of the Kurilpa Poets.

The Big Four taking the microphone that day were none other than stalwart Kurilpian Geoffrey Evans, the Venerable Eido Boru, Greg “The Loaded Dog” Secombe (back after an absence) and of course myself, the Reverend Hellfire. (No show without Punch).

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The Loaded Dog back to bark at West End Windmills

Accompanying us that day was Secretary John Treason, acting as both official photographer and Stage Manager. John had wisely arranged to have the poet’s stage moved from the somewhat isolated location of the people’s park and out onto the stage by the Big Lizard, in full public view, where we were able to annoy and provoke many more people.

An Inspirational looking Geoffrey Evans

An Inspirational looking Geoffrey Evans

Actually it was rather like Theatre-in-the-round – you had to keep rotating to address segments of the audience, meanwhile the microphone lead wrapped around you like a mummy’s bindings.

Enter the Venerable Eido

Enter the Venerable Eido

Naturally also, there were hold-ups with the usual technical problems you get performing at festivals; microphones failing and power sources suddenly cutting off and grumpy stage hands acting like it’s all your fault somehow..ah I love show biz!! I’m an artist so I sneak off to get a gin and tonic while others sort out the mundane tech issues. Eventually we had sound and we got to rant and strut our fretful hour upon the stage. It was indeed a lovely day to be declaiming our Wild and Wacky Words to the unsuspecting populace. A surprising number of passers-by and casual sitters-on-bums actually paid attention to us like they were really listening!. Some even smiled at us and laughed at our jokes!.

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A little bit of Theatre and clowning keeps the Vibe up-beat; Kurilpa Rat makes a furtive appearance..a Manic Geoffrey is injected with Medicinal Holy Water..Eido is deadpan droll as a Troll as always..

We wind up just in time to miss being drowned-out by what appears to be a Mexican Mariachi band celebrating the Day of the Dead. Ah West End!

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The Water Rats scurried home, tired but happy. The Carnival, for this year, was definitely over.

Thanks to Robin Taubenfield for inviting us to appear at the West End Festival.

Viva Kurilpa!

Viva Kurilpa!

Viva Kurilpa!

Words; Rev Hellfire

Pictures; John Treason

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MYSTERY MUSO QPapaYandi

KURILPA POETS 30th OCTOBER GIG UPDATE;

Presenting this months Mystery Musician,

Q-PapaYandi

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Is QPapaYandi really the son of a preacher man?

The lab reports were inconclusive, but nonetheless, this months Mystery Musician proudly claims the Reverend Hellfire as his Spiritual Father and fondly recalls their musical collaboration together on his first recording project, over 16 years ago.

After a long creative hiatus QPY has again picked up his sword and shield (and of course, his guitar) to fight the good fight for Love and Music!

Accordingly, this Musical Vagabond of the Heart can be found performing with the fabulous Whoopee-Do Crew, who appear regularly at West Ends’ Peoples Park and at West End and Gailes Community House events.

Q-Papa-Yandi has also been a regular reader this year at the Kurilpa Poets’ Open Mic sessions, where he has often impressed the crowd with his free flowing improvisational rap/poems. Now he makes his first solo musical appearance for the Water Rats. So come listen to his licks, tap your toes to his tunes and celebrate the musical return of this prodigal son to the fold.

In the meantime, here’s a sample of his stuff. Check it out.

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FEELTHY PICTURES??

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In breaking news Kurilpa’s Visual Arts Director, Shane K, has announced that the theme of this months VIRTUAL GALLERY will be the gorgeous world of traditional

JAPANESE PRINTS

“Erotic Japanese prints?” we asked hopefully.

Our enigmatic and erudite Arts Director merely sniffed.

“It will all be very tasteful,” he assured us.

We look forward eagerly to this aesthetic experience.

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Photo Review; SUBVERSIFY with Jono SRI

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Green Performance Poet Jonothan Sri rouses the rabble!

SUBVERSIFY/DIVERSIFY/REVERSIFY/DEFY

“Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the World”

-PB Shelley

And so the refuseniks and no-good-niks of the Kurilpa Sector gathered in subVERSivE conclave at the Old Croquet Club beneath the sinister trees of Musgrave Park. There in the shadows beneath the spreading Tower Blocks (whose concrete goose-stepping across the suburb surely embodies the March of Capitalism Triumphant!)the Poetic Underground prepared for their campaign of Cultural Terrorism. Poets, lesbians, drug fiends and vegetarians, many wearing sandals, or sporting the Black Beard of Anarchism, muttered mad maledictions against the monopolistic Molochs, the Mighty Money Men who Make and Shake. Yes, these miserable malcontents clearly cared nothing for the delights of Progress or Growth!

Incendiary odes were armed, Subversive sonnets were suggestively wired to alarm clocks. Secret codes were maliciously embedded in innocent Bush Ballads. All was ready for the Revolution..

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Unfortunately, fearing capture by enemy agents, I swallowed my notes from that afternoon and so I’m going to have to reconstruct mainly from memory here..

Our favourite Mystery Musician, JEM SPARKLES, graciously stepping in to replace this months missing act, opened the show with a thump and a growl.. Yes Jem was all sparkles and glitter as she played a mix of her own original songs (all hit material) and a selection of Seventies Jukebox Greats. Ch-Ch-Ch-Cherry Bomb!

Jem Sparkles & Glitters!

Jem Sparkles & Glitters!

After a brief reflection on the ethics of politicians (they haven’t any) by the Reverend Hellfire, the Open Mic got rolling. Hitting the stage that day were;

Michael Vaughan (back after an absence),

old stager Geoffrey “the Gatekeeper” Evans,

Nigel De Free,

John Tracey with a few thoughts on the Greens,

Newcomer, the stylishly dressed Hugo Russell,

not actually present, TC ‘s poem was read by Geoffrey,

Lou, a mate of Bob Mud (Hey Bob! Come and visit us!)

Kurilapa Poets elder Paul Dobbyn,

Long time listener, First time reader REB got up and impressed us with a powerful Rap piece.,

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Another first time reader, Marina, took us back to school

with a stirring rendition of the classic Banjo Patterson

Man from Snowy River. The Rev promised to respond next month by reading something by Henry Lawson! Lovely Linda Loop emerged from the kitchen to chant the Lyrics from the Tapeloops  1984 hit song, “The Landlord Said” with it’s concluding line “All Houses should be Free!” Bloody Anarchists!

The enigmatic genius behind the lens, Shane K, in a rare photo portrait!

The enigmatic genius behind the lens, Shane K, in a rare photo portrait!

I think there were one or two more readers, and a couple of prospective poets were allowed to slip through the net, but only after they were made to promise to read something next time.

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After a suitably refreshing break and another great set from Jem Sparkle that earned her loud cheers of appreciation,

we moved on to the afternoons main act, the much anticipated appearance by our duly elected local Councillor,

Green activist and Performance Poet, Jonothan SRI.

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We invited Jono not only because we appreciate his grass-roots style of, community based political activism but because he has eschewed the usual process of packaging himself as a normal, suit wearing politician and is proud to both call himself a performance poet, and for his attempts to mix his poetry with his activism.

Jono read for about 20 minutes, delivering a consistently powerful set that kept the audience attention throughout. As a poetic performance it was a truly impressive, professional set. His poems were all internalised so he could concentrate on delivery. He spoke well and clearly, bringing just the right emotion to his pitch without going overboard into the ranting which so many younger poets mistake for passion.

As an exercise in political polemics, to me it works, but then Jono and I are coming from pretty much the same place it seems, so I have no idea what a raving right wing bastard would make of it all.

The images and ideas were expressed with clarity, and rather than being dogmatic, to much of the verse was a “questioning” quality. This is Poetry that asks Why? and asks you to help the poet work out the answer.

To paraphrase good old ratbag, Walt Whitman,

“The Age of Politicians & Priests is Over! The Poets shall be the prophets of the Future”

The usual crew of loiterers and malingerers

The usual crew of loiterers and malingerers

All in all, we took a few bricks from the wall,

the Revolution isn’t over but we had a great afternoon,

with a really positive Community Vibe. We shared words and bread and wine, visions and ideas.

Enjoy the photos.

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-Words by; Unckle Rat

-Images by Shane K

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Presenting Madison Mae Parker & Francesca Willow

The Kurilpa Poets present:

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Madison Mae Parker

& Francesca Willow

and their One thousand Promises!

Sunday, October 30th, 2016, 2pm

Croquet Club, Musgrave Park

This month the Kurilpa Poets are proud to present two young International Performance Artists who are bringing their collaborative poetry/dance project to our humble cultural outpost.

Maddie Mae Parker

Maddie Mae Parker

Madison Mae Parker, a Texas based Performance Poet,

and Francesca Willow, UK based dancer/choreographer have teamed up to produce their poetry/dance collaboration entitled “One Thousand Promises“. Having impressed audiences across the USA with their alchemical and confrontational performances, they are now poised to

rock Brisbane’s world with their powerfully individualistic art.

Madison‘s poetry has been described as,

“a weird, loud holiness that fills the room”.

As well as writing and performing, Madison runs her own poetry gig

in Texas called Mic Check and amongst her many other activities,

 has also been a director of the Texas Grand Slam Festival.

Always keen to encourage others to discover the “Power of the Pen”

she has also run a multitude of workshops on Poetry and Performance

related topics in recent years.

The flexible Francesca Willow

The flexible Francesca Willow

Meanwhile, a fan of the surreal, London based performer,

choreographer, dancer and writer Francesca states that

99% of the time her favourite hobby is,

dancing to someone’s words at a poetry slam”.

Accordingly, she has performed in a wide variety of venues, from the Wembley Arena and London’s renowned West End to Japan in the mysterious Far East.

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You can find lots more information on these talented young artists and their activities at their web sites:

http://www.madisonmaeparker.com/

http://www.francescawillow.com/

For a sampling of their work check out:

Or better yet, come and see them perform live

2pm this Sunday 30th October at:

The Olde Croquet Club

93 Cordelia Street

in the shade of sacred Musgrave Park

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And as always there will also be:

Mystery Musicians/ 2 Open Mic Sessions/

Free Food & Refreshments/ The

Virtual Gallery/ Free On-site Parking/

& Fabulously Friendly Folk!

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All this and more for a mere $5

See you there!

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SUBVERSIFY UPDATE, Jem Sparkles and Beatrix Potter to appear!

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SUBVERSIFY UPDATE

The tension builds with less than 24 hours until the Kurilpa Poets SUBVERSIFY event takes place on Sunday 25th September at 2 pm, with Feature Poet Jonothan Sri

leading the vanguard of our highly trained cadre of subversive Poets.

Government forces are already erecting barricades around the compound as supporters gather in the nearby safety of Musgrave Park. Several on the spot fines have already been slapped on poet protesters for attempting to declaim Haiku in a public space and one man was led away on suspicion of speaking in Blank Verse. Meanwhile, a break-away faction of bush-poets have set up camp by the Billabong..sorry, I meant the Rotunda, from which they are flying the Eureka Flag.

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Jem Sparkles in action!

Meanwhile in news just to hand, we learn that there are dramatic events occuring on the Musical Front. After the chaos following the mysterious dissappearance of Mystery Musician, Dawn Daylight, several days ago, Kurilpa apparatchiks were relieved to be able to announce that Kurilpa Poet favourite, Jem Sparkle, would be stepping up to provide the days soundtrack.

Jem always lifts the mood with her charming presence and charged performances, so we look forward to seeing her return on this occasion.

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Meanwhile, marching as always to the beat of his very own samba band, Visual Arts Director and known refusnik,

Shane K will be showing the Works of the Greats!

Great Early Illustrators of Childrens Books, that is.

Judicious selections from the illustrations of John Tenniel, Beatrix Potter and Sheppard, amongst others, will be presented for your delectation, and as always, expect our erudite Arts Director to deliver an informal but illuminating dissertation on the subject.

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