MAY 2021

And so they emerged creeping and crawling out of their lairs and burrows where they’d been lurking the past year or more. We did our best to be Covid Safe but there was many a non-compliant hug and hearty hand-shake amongst the gathered Survivors, and who could blame them? After all this time, an elbow just didn’t cut it.

Be that as it may, the day kicked off amidst jovial confusion.

Launching the gig was our very own Versifying Local Councillor Jono Sri

At the Mic.. Mr Jono SRI

Jono gave his usual impassioned and articulate performance, leading off with the classic “Change is Coming to Brisbane”-a personal favourite, he catches the growing cognitive dissonance as we watch Everything we love about the place being buried beneath the relentless Bulldozer of “Progress”.

Still his Poetry offers us Humour & Hope; “There is Coral in the Skyscrapers,” he reminds us.

“I will miss you every Day!!” Our beloved Jem Sparkle assured us, all aglitter in her suit of lights. keened & crooned, howled, growled and moaned and somehow managed to do it whilst smiling her radio-active all the way!

she assured us

Poetic Maestro David H

David Hallett, jet-lagged but still jovial, came wading up out of the “Byron Bay Ocean of Tattoo Blue” to deliver an entertaining set of blistering Jeremiads & gentle Reveries- many drawn from his recent slim volume of Verse-

Out of the Blue“.

“This poem is not made in China,” he reassures us,


David’s black humour, heavily laced with Irony, keeps us laughing in Recognition, even as our Freedom is being Micro-chipped away, bit by byte. In a post apocalyptic Dreamtime, Gina Reinhart manifests as a monstrous Toad, devouring the Landscape and shitting out Poisons.


“..and lets not forget the product!”


The Open Mic

was very well attended, the local poets keen to share their thoughts and words..

Stepping onto the stage for the OPEN MIC Session,

we saw 16 poets step up to the Microphone;

Michael Vaughan/ Doctor John Jiggens/ Shane K / Kurilpa newcomer Stuart joined us also/ Linda Loop emerged from the kitchen/ Bernadette le Goullion & Trent as a tag-team act/ Kurilpa Elder Paul Dobbyn emerged from Retirement, Jack Keegan (another newcomer)/ Kalkadoon Elder Theresa Tracey Creed & Consort John Tracey also put in an appearance/ Green haired SUIN (pronounced Shoon) returned to us, as did the ever individualistic SAVANNU/ CHASE our youngest ever poet/ yet another newcomer Darryl O’Brien /old comrade Greg Georges and of course the Reverend Hellfire himself (no show without Punch!)

There goes the Mic..

The Reverend’s persistent clumsy mishandling of the whole Covid- related Mic-Cleansing process

became the afternoon’s running joke, and it’s ultimate spectacular destruction as a consequence provided the appropriate punch line. [“I sounded a word of warning!” recalls L Loop]

What can you do with them?

Open Mic

Open Mic was led off by respected Poet & Pitta Pitta & Kalkadoon Elder, Theresa Tracey-Creed with a handful of poems ranging from the agonies of the Stolen Generation and Killing Fields marked by chips of Opal, to the simple pleasures of Yabbie hunting as a kid in the local creek and cooking up a big feed afterwards.


Kitchen Diva Linda Loop emerged to deliver a mesmerizing Acapella piece “Silence is a Rhythm Too”-imperiously stopping the song after one verse to demand more echo from the stage crew who scurried to comply, before continuing on to a soaring conclusion and much applause.


John Tracey up next delivered three short, sharp, subversive hits, with laconic titles like “Democracy” and “Bureaucracy” and one I missed..

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Next up the youngest poet ever to take the stage at Kurilpa, this being young Chas aged 7, who stepped up to deliver a poem he’d written during the break on a cardboard cup squashed flat. Definitely extra points for the cup, hell anyone can write a poem on a piece of paper! Chas is actually songstress Jem Sparkles’ nephew, so it’s no wonder he displays artistic talent.


“You might try doubling the dose” advised Viridian haired Suin (pronounced Shoon”) before reading an inspirational poem from South American Poet Aurora Morales;

“in the shadow of the cruel Empire/

imagine winning.”


Enigmatic Visual Arts Director Shane K., gave us a shaggy dog of a poem that wandered from cats bursting into flame,

past old Gilgamesh sitting in the shadows to Aliens subjecting him to unspeakable indignities as his Mother clucked disapprovingly. Yes. It was all a Dream.

Shane then went on to better our knowledge of the days’ featured Visual Artist, Danish Surrealist Wilhelm Freddie and his battles with the Nazi’s in Copenhagen.


There is only one SAVANNU, and no-one else reads or writes poems like he does. Filling the gap left by Kurilpa’s absence he’s been running a little “Poems Written while you Wait” stall at King George Square in town. No doubt to the confusion and amazement of the City Clerks & Shoppers. If you’re in the City make sure you drop by to say hello and order a poem.

Today, as always, Sav laughed last, and it is not a laugh that leads to restful nights.


Newcomer Jack Keegan gave us his “Disgusting Snot Poem”- and what a wheeze & sneeze it was- at least one sensitive Patron left the room to avoid contamination.


STUART reminded us that Extinction is Forever and mourned the long gone Thylacine./

“Mount Warning’s a Bitch” warned a jovial Paul Dobbyn, and went onto justify his case with anecdotal evidence./

Greg Georges was forced to go acoustic after the Reverend’s destruction of the Microphone, and delivered us a legend of a Migrating Bird./ The Reverend reassured us that his satirical poem on Backyard Bully’s clad in Hawain Shirts and Thongs who go on to kill themselves, their ex-wife & child in a blaze of newspaper headlines, had nothing to do with our beloved prime Minister/ Darryl O’Brien brandished his laptop to deliver his stylish wordplay before exeunting with flourish/

and there was probably more but I’ve lost the rest of my notes!

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All and all it was a successful day, with many readers and a good mix of old & new faces.. The lack of our usual Beggars’ Banquet was sorely felt and something better will have to be worked out before the next gathering; one can’t live on Poetry alone, alas, you’ve got to have some Bread as well, even if it’s only to soak up the Wine.

a dapper Mr Treason surveys the wreckage

Speaking of Gatherings, we’re not sure when the next will be. We won’t be doing them monthly at this stage with the Covid Chaos as it is, but we’ll probably be back by August/September for a Spring Show.

In the meantime keep writing those Poems, singing those songs and ctreating that Art.


Words: Uncle Rat

Photos; Shane K

glitter girl


EMERGE!-the Kurilpa Poets return, 30th May

The Kurilpa Institute of Creativity in conjunction

with the Gabba Ward Office present;


The Return of the Kurilpa Poets!

2pm. Sunday, 30th May, 2021


Special Guest Feature Poets;





with Mystery Musician


2 Open Mic sessions/ Virtual Gallery/Masks & Gloves provided free!/Covid-Safe Refreshments

The Old Croquet Club, 91 Cordelia Street, West End

-Entry $5 (Cash Only)-


Well folks, after a Year of cowering in their burrows, the Water Rats have emerged once more (after first having tentatively sniffed the Air for Danger) to strut & fret their hour upon the stage once more and dance upon the olde Croquet Club lawn! So come along & join us! Break out of Quarantine! Bring your poems! Lend us your ears and marvel at the Visual Oddities of the Virtual Gallery!

Opening the show for us will be none other than our very own Political Firebrand & Poetic Iconoclast, non-other than

Gabba Ward Greens’ Councillor JONO SRI!

Jono’s Poetry, like his politics, is powerful stuff- impassioned and persuasive, straight from the heart verse delivered as clarion call.

We thank Jono for his continued support and for finding the time to fit the Kurilpa Poets into his busy, busy schedule.

There’s no Show without a little Sparkle, so naturally we’ve booked the ever effervescent JEM SPARKLES to provide the Musical Soundtrack for the Occasion and provide a happy Vibe. Jem’s been busy during the Lock down, writing and recording new material and we look forward to hearing her latest batch of fabulous, Seventies’ tinged Rock & Roll classics.

Our other Guest Feature Poet for the occasion is the legendary DAVID HALLETT, all the way from Nimbin, down South over the Border.

As well as being a great Poet in his own write (I stole that pun from John Lennon) David has also tirelessly worked to keep Poetry alive in the Northern Rivers, running the monthly gig at the Rails in Byron Bay for many years, and has currently got a regular Poetry event happening in Lismore.

David will be bringing up copies of his latest book Out of the Blue

(his first published collection in ten years) for the discerning public, so make sure you don’;t miss this opportunity to get hold of a signed copy. David’s eclectic mix of poems address the spin of politics and media, climate chaos, love, shopping and our maddening digital world

with a mix of Intelligence & Humour, Anger & Sorrow.

There’s plenty more information about David’s various activities and products at his website;



Ok Folks that’s it for now. There’ll be further updates concerning the Event, Food and  Covid requirements, & Kurilpa Poets activities   in general posted on our Website & Facebook. Meantime, Followers & Friends do get in touch if we haven’t heard from you for awhile, and otherwise we hope to see you all on the 30th May.

Cheers. The Rev


EMERGE! is co-hosted by the Kurilpa Institute of Creativity Inc

and the Gabba Ward Office of Councillor Jono Sri.


“BRING OUT YOUR DEAD”, Sunday, 29th March



“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!

Vince Stead in action

VINCE SEES THE LIGHT! photo by Marie Anita Moon

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.


Last time The TAPELOOPS

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”.

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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!

Finally a big ‘thank you’ to our poetic local Councillor, Jonno Sri, who helped make this month’s gig possible.


LAST EXIT, Sunday 24th November




Sunday, 24th November 2019, 2pm


2019 Kurilpa Poetry Cup Winner


and Mystery Musician of the Month


plus at no extra cost, Poetic Firebrand


launching his latest publication,

a slim volume of verse,

eclectically entitled;

“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)


(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


Kurilpa Poets Open Mic – Featuring THE TAPELOOPS – 29/September

That’s right, folks!

Though Spring has sprung and the heat of the Sun beats down upon us,

the Kurilpa Poets can never be beaten!

Join us this Sunday 29th September

at The Lucky Duck Cafe

for our “Famous Open Mic”,

as well as a set by Brisbane old-school poet-punk-anarcho-rebel-mindbending-storyteller musos,


The Tapeloops, living legends amongst us today

Brisbane’s original sonic prophets’

Reverend Hellfire, Linda Loop and John Treason

have been busily working away on a mysterious secret project, and now they’ve returned to again break the molds and clast the icons that we hold dear!

Be afraid!

Be very afraid!

Be sure to come to

The Luck Duck Cafe

(15 Gladstone Road, Highgate Hill, just a short walk from South Bank Station.)

From 1pm this Sunday,

the 29th of September.

And as always:

“Bring your voice,

and bring your Bitter Words & Sweet!”

Join the Reverend Hellfire & The Tapeloops., at the Lucky Duck




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@*!!

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 POETS Annual General Meeting notice.

Kurilpa Institute of Creativity Inc

2018 AGM

Just a quick reminder to all our members that the Kurilpa Poets/KICI AGM is occuring this Sunday, 30th September at 1pm

at the old Croquet Club, 91 Cordelia Street, West End.

The AGM will be held before our usual entertaining show at 2pm (this month featuring the words of Theresa Creed & the music of Matt Barnes.)

This meeting is where we elect our Management Committee and deal with our annual bureaucratic obligations and give members a chance to bring up any issues they feel important.

We strongly encourage all KICI members to participate in this arcane ritual, so neccessary for the continuance of our fabulous existence.

If you can’t make it, please contact Reverend Hellfire at

kurilpapoets@yahoo.com.au to arrange a proxy vote.

The meeting is open to the puiblic, but only Kurilpa members can vote.

Hope to see you all there.