28th June Photo review; Croquet Club Grand Opening

Return to the Croquet Club

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Kurilpa June 28th Photo review.

Yes, there was a certain amount of pandemonium at the start of the Kurilpa Poets’ Grand Opening of their spiritual home, the newly renovated Croquet Club in sacred Musgrave Park.

The fridge and the urn had disappeared, as had the kitchen staff. There were clearly not enough chairs and the Mystery Musician

had mysteriously vanished.

But things soon settled down into their usual cheerful chaos;

Shane had the Virtual Gallery up and running with a Tribute to the Art of the Angry Penguins.

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The Blind Dog was found and led to the stage. Armed with only an ancient battered acoustic guitar, with a hole hacked out of the back, and an upended water jug for occasional percussion, Donnie took us back to the heart of the blues. Meanwhile the Reverend (cheerfully blue bearded for the occasion) gathered the scattered poets for the Open Mic and the kitchen volunteers (Linda and John) performed their usual miracles.

Linda and food

After the first Open Mic session & afternoon tea, Feature Poet Cam Logan delivered a powerful and impassioned set which completely won the audience over.

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Indeed, come the end of his set, an encore was unanimously and noisily demanded by the audience. I can’t actually recall anyone else getting an encore before so well done Cam!

Cam and Crowd

It would take a brave poet to go on after that reception, but undeterred the Loaded Dog quietly took centre stage next, to deliver his own High-caliber performance. Greg (the Loaded Dog) Secombe‘s poems are both unashamedly “political” yet at the same time intensely personal. This, at times almost biblical intensity, can disturb people (this is after all, the Age of Not-Caring) but the Dog knows that one of a Poet’s duties is to speak out and call down the False Idols in Power.

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The Loaded Dog bites!

There were more fine words and music after that,

as my afternoon slid into a good natured blur.

A Diversity of Voices passed thru the Open Mic; Newcomer Jim Lamb brought a taste of the bush to our inner-urban enclave. Michael Vaughan delivered a string of perfectly polished poem-ettes like pearls. Haviere read us poems in Spanish that sounded like water running over pebbles. Jefferson Evans effervesced.

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Theresa and John and guitarist friend Alex jammed with Donnie.

The Women “revolted” and took over the Open Mic.

Sue Fihelly, Fiona Privitera and new comer

Penny Hayes all read with presence and style.

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New Members signed up and Old Members renewed whilst John dutifully washed many dishes & cups in the kitchen thruout the afternoon. We made enough money to cover the rent and everyone agreed they had a great day.

I’ll let the pictures tell the rest of the story.

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There are more photos which I’ll hopefully put up later,┬áhere’s a few more in the meantime..

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See you all next month.

Words; Unckle Rat

Pictures; Shane Kneipp*

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Kurilpa Poets Go to the Dogs! Sun 28th June

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CAVE CANEM Poetry fans!

Kurilpa Poets Go to the Dogs!

Sunday, 28th June, 2pm.


2011 & 2015 Kurilpa Cup Winner; Cam Logan

2011 & 2015 Kurilpa Cup Winner; Cam Logan

The 2011 and 2015 Kurilpa Cup Winner

Cam Logan


Blues Legend, Blind Dog Donnie

Blues Legend, Blind Dog Donnie

Mystery Musician of the Month;

West End’s Living Blues Legend

“Blind Dog Donny”

and special feature poet

The Loaded Dog; a high calibre performer.

The Loaded Dog; a high calibre performer.

“The Loaded Dog”

Phew ! What a scorching triple header to open the Kurilpa Poets new residency at the freshly renovated Croquet Club. Not since Cerebus himself, the original Dog from Hell, has such a terrifying threesome of canine contenders been seen on the Brisbane poetry scene.


Our first ferocious Feature Poet for the day is multi-Kurilpa-Cup-winner, Cam Logan, whose savagely satirical and icily ironical versification and power-packed performances make him one of the Brisbane Poetry Scenes Top Dogs.


Mystery Musician for the month is non-other than West End’s Living Legend of the Blues, Mr Blind Dog Donnie! This dog barks and bites!

Come here him growl the blues!


Final Feature Poet of the day, a late, lightening performance from

non-other than The Loaded Dog. Some say he’s barking mad, but we let him off the leash! CAVE CANEM, as the Romans used to say.

food selection

And as always there’ll be two Open Mic sessions, the Virtual Gallery,

Prizes, Free Food and Refreshments and Friendly Company.

Free onsite parking and access ramps.

Only $5 or $2(members) entry.

As always we encourage the community minded to bring a plate or packet or bottle of something to contribute to the Feast.

John Tracey,Theresa Tracey-Creed,Reverend Hellfire, Jefferson Evans,Linda Loop and the Loaded Dog welcome you aboard!

John Tracey,Theresa Tracey-Creed,Reverend Hellfire, Jefferson Evans,Linda Loop and the Loaded Dog welcome you aboard!

Sunday, 28th June, 2pm

The New “Olde” Croquet Club

91 Cordelia Street

West End

on the edge of sacred Musgrave Park

club and tree foliage

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