GHOSTBOY to Manifest at Kurilpa Poetry Cup, Feb 28

GHOSTBOY Returns to Haunt Kurilpa!

ghostie explains black

David Stavanger to Feature & Judge

at Kurilpa Poetry Cup

Sunday 28th February, 2016


The Kurilpa Cup is certainly shaping up to be a fabulously entertaining event this year. Not only do we have the Cup itself and Jeff Usher as Mystery Musician, but we are also now able to confirm that Mr David “Ghostboy” Stavanger will be judging the competition and performing a special Feature Set as well.

It’s become a tradition at Kurilpa to bring outstanding members of the wider Poetic Community in to judge this annual event. Previous judges have been the highly esteemed Robin Archbold and David Hallett. And seeing we have them with us, we take the opportunity to get our judges to give a demonstration of their own poetic prowess, that we might study their technique and learn thereby.

Up jumped the Devil!

Up jumped the Devil!

Be that as it may, it’s also a chance to be highly entertained, and “Ghostie” is renowned not just as a talented poet and Head of the QLD Poetry Festival, but is also one of Brisbane’s outstanding Performance Poets, himself winning the 2006 Nimbin World Performance Poetry Cup.

Ghostie gets dowwwn!

Ghostie gets dowwwn!

“Always a show when Ghostboy’s on stage” as attendees of the 2014 Kurilpa Cup will vouch for, after witnessing his highly energetic and eccentric performance that year. Indeed several of them are still undergoing psychiatric counselling for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Ghostboy's poetry has left it's mark on this young man

Ghostboy’s poetry has left it’s mark on this young man

So now we have brought him back for 2016 for more Poetic Shock-Treatment. I could fill a whole page with superlatives about this esteemed poet and performer, but I shall merely say this:

Go to this show. Ghost boy is on.

Need one say more?

Ghost boy with world in hands framed

A spectre stalks the globe..Poetry!


Starts 2pm/ Doors open 1:45/ $5 at door/ Competition free to enter/ free food & refreshments/ free onsite parking/

The Olde Croquet Club/91 Cordelia Street,

West End.

Beneath the Trees of Sacred Musgrave Park

club and tree foliage


-Article by Unckle Rat.



The Old Croquet Club warms up

The Old Croquet Club warms up



A book of verses beneath the bough,

a loaf of bread, a jug of wine and thou,

singing beside me in the wilderness,

that for us is enough a Paradise!

-Omar Khyyam

2014 cup look silver cropreduced

Cup day, February 23rd, and the Olde Croquet Club was alive with great verse, great food, great music and great company.

matt barnes plays

New faces and Old Hands mixed and mingled as Mystery Musician of the Month, Matt Barnes opened the day and set a mellow mood with his down-home slide-geetar stylings.

But soon it was time to start the Cup itself and so the Reverend Hellfire, soberly dressed in flaming red and gold robes, waved his magic, laughing-pumpkin wand (an after Halloween discount)

and set the ball rolling.

rev with laughing wand and poetic cup

rev with laughing wand and poetic cup

There were 12 contestants this year and the quality of both verse and performance was high. Certainly a wide variety of styles were in evidence. Sadly though there was only one female poet in the comp this year. Come on Ladies, step up!

Sue F reading from her slim volume of verse

Sue F reading from her slim volume of verse

newcomer Kyle B lets rip!

newcomer Kyle B lets rip!

A dapper vision in blue-Tony Mutton

A dapper vision in blue-Tony Mutton

In order of appearance, those reading in the first round at the 2014 Kurilpa Poets Performance Poetry Cup were, (drum rolls):

Tony Kneipp

Dushan Bojic

Sasha Cuha


Glen Manga

Tony (Darkarse) Mutton

Quetzal Otto

Jeremy Lee Pike

Emerging poet Aron O

Emerging poet Aron O


Sue Fihely

Kyle B.

Aron O.

Cameron Logan

Cameron Logan twirls an evil mustachio prior to laughing sinisterly

Cameron Logan twirls an evil mustachio prior to laughing sinisterly

It was a fittingly symmetrical coincidence that the first round opened and closed with the previous winners of the Kurilpa Cup, Tony Kneipp and Cameron Logan taking the stage. (Cam’s still waiting for his cup but I’ve been told one’s on the way.)

Glen Manga points the finger

Glen Manga points the finger

Tony K,2013 Kurilpa Cup winner defends his title

Tony K,2013 Kurilpa Cup winner defends his title

Quetzal Otto lets go!

Quetzal Otto lets go!

Stephen lee Pike gets bent!

Stephen lee Pike gets bent!


End of round one and Matt Barnes took the stage blues-ward again with his flame red Hawaiin Guitar, whilst the poets ate and drank and chatted about their chances.

Matt Barnes Mystery Muso

As always the Rotunda was where much of the intermission

action was, so unfortunately the smokers missed a lot of Matt’s set.

We really must get some external speakers put out there one day.


Ghost dance

Ghost dance

Suitably refreshed we returned to witness Master Poet David “Ghostboy” Stavanger mesmerize the audience with a typically high-octane performance. His “Mon Cherie” number, performed with the aid of an (extremely) co-operative audience member and a stick of lipstick, was especially well received.

This young man has fallen into the hands of poets!

This young man has fallen into the hands of poets!

Ghostie’s never more serious on stage, than when he’s clowning around. And how I laughed as he led us on a sing-a-long to Nick Caves,”Up Jumped the Devil”.



ghostie explains

Finishing his set David, swiftly switched back into his judicial robes whilst the Reverend briefly distracted the audience with his antics and a chilling ode to Winter.

amused by the reverends Antics

amused by the reverends Antics

Then onto the Final Round, with five instead of the planned four poets being given the nod by the Ghostly Judge & Jury.


The Rainbird Man-Sasha Cuha

The Rainbird Man-Sasha Cuha

Jeremy Lee pikeDushan artistic angle

As I recall, (correct me if I’m wrong) but it was Quetzal Otto, Tony Mutton, Jeremy Lee Pike, Dushan Bojic and former cup winner Cameron Logan in the fabulous final five.

Each gave it their best shot. Personally, I liked the chances of one of the younger poets, but I was glad I didn’t have to make the decision. David had kind and encouraging words for all the finalists, but..


Dance of the Quetzal otto!

Dance of the Quetzal otto!

(Drum rolls)

Jason's first appearance at the KP Cup impressed

Jason’s first appearance at the KP Cup impressed



Tony M finalist


In a shock win that was said to have left industry insiders “stunned”, the Winner of this year’s Kurilpa Cup was non-other than Dushan Bojic,

the poet-artisan who crafted the 2013 Cup! Surely another piece of symmetry come full circle!


Dushan with cup good shot

Dushan happily accepted the loaf of bread, bottle of wine and several books of verse that accompanied the Cup itself as prizes.

However, in a stylish display of noblesse oblige Dushan tore up the prize-cheque and donated his winnings back to the group’s coffers.

There must have been something in the air that day (or maybe the water), as Feature Poet David Stavanger, always a gentleman, also declined to be paid for his services, as a show of support for the Kurilpa Poets and its efforts.

Gentlemen, we thank you both. 

And indeed Thanks to all who made the day a success;

crowd sample

Linda and Carol keeping the kitchen running as always, John manning the door, Shane for documenting the occasion for posterity, all the helpers who brought food and hangers on who helped put away the chairs, and to all who listened and last but not least, all who read their work, especially those who got up there for the first time before an audience. Good for you!

contestants line up


See you all next month.

rev and tree reduced

-words by Unckle Rat

-photos by Shane Kneipp






Kurilpa Performance Poetry


The 2013 Kurilpa Cup; handcrafted by Dushan Bojic

The 2013 Kurilpa Cup; handcrafted by Dushan Bojic

Calling all Poets!

Now in it’s third year, the esteemed

KURILPA Performance Poetry CUP

will be taking off at 2pm, Sunday 23rd of February,

at 91 Cordelia Street, St Brisbane

on the edge of Musgrave Park.


Sponsored by local creative community group, the Kurilpa Poets,

the Cup is open to all comers and is free to enter.

And what of the prize you ask?

Well, aside from the fabulous Cup itself,

(and the esteem and recognition of your peers)

the Winner is presented with..

a loaf of bread, a jug of wine and a book of verses!

(plus $50 cash in a plain envelope.)

This years poetic Judge Judy and Executioner for the Kurilpa Cup is non-other than the Legendary DavidGhost boy” Stavenger.


2013 cup winner Tony Kneipp

2013 cup winner Tony Kneipp

Ghostboy will also be performing a set of his own works as this months fabulous Feature Poet.

One of Brisbanes leading poetic performers and the winner of many poetry awards and competitions, including the 2013 Thom Shapcott prize, the Ghostly One has recently landed a publishing contract with UQ books. David is also one of the prime movers and organisers in the local poetry scene and has helped many an emerging poet find their feet. We are honoured that he will be joining us on this auspicious occasion.


The mysterious Ghostboy manifests

The mysterious Ghostboy manifests

February’s Mystery Musician of the Month will be the talented local busker/singer/songwriter/slide-geetarist known only as Matt the Musician. Matt can often be seen on the corner of Boundary and Vulture entertaining the passing humans. Now is your chance to see him out of the rain!

Master of Ceremonies will be the High Priest of Poetry, the ever unpredictable and entertaining Reverend Hellfire.

reverend profile red

Tea, Coffee and a variety of Refreshments* will be provided as always and are covered by the price of admission. (We do suggest that the community minded might like to bring a plate or bottle of something to contribute to the feast.)

And how much to get in, you ask? Why! A mere five ($5)dollars! 

 A tasty selection of treats provided

A tasty selection of treats provided

Our central location is handy to public transport and for those who drive there’s plenty of parking spaces.

So come and join us beneath the trees,

We’ll share our words and be at ease!



Rev Hellfire and 2012 Cup winner Cameron Logan

Rev Hellfire and 2012 Cup winner Cameron Logan

The Cup is free to enter.

Entrants are requested to sign on by 2pm (doors open 1.45pm)

Props and or instruments are allowed.

Suggested time limit is around 3 minutes.

There will be two rounds. Four finalists will be selected from the first round to pass onto the final round, so contestants will need to have a second poem ready.

The judges decision is final.

He may or may not be prevailed upon to explain his choice.

The winning poem will appear in the Kurilpa Poets online Newsletter, The Water-Rat Gazette.

For further details check out upcoming posts in The Water-Rat Gazette at

 or the Kurilpa Poets Facebook Page.

Join us at the Olde Croquet Club

Join us at the Olde Croquet Club