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Here without further ado are the long lost “Missing Photo”‘s promised some time ago, of the celebrated return to West End of Poet & Songstress extrodinaire, Ms Vasudha Harte, and her Musical partner in all crimes music, and all Terrorism cultural, Mr Jem Edwards.

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What can I say? Of the Dinkum Boho’s themselves, they were brilliant. We were privileged to have them appear at our humble gathering. they deserved more money and a bigger audience but they played their hearts out anyway and delivered their best like true professionals.

Of Ms Hartes poetry one can say that it is wise without trying to be clever, warm without being melodramatic, simple without being banal. It bears repeated listening/reading, and we at Kurilpa Poets once more heartily recommend her slim volume of verse, the whimsically entitled You Near Verse.

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This was our last event for now at the Kurilpa Hall and we’ve had some fun here the last two months.  I for one will miss the crank old piano, that only Cam Logan was game enough to play and make sing! As always the Open Mic sessions added heart and soul to the occasions,

with old faces and new trying their compositions out on the attentive crowd.

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As always a generous community contributed food and drink to make a fabulous feast.

Next month our host is West End Community House,

but wherever the Kurilpa Poets sets up its camp,

you know that that’s there will be where fine verse, fine music,

fine food and fine company can be found…

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Photos by Shane Kneipp except where otherwise stated.

"OK Now who took the damned camera?"- Visual Arts Director, Shane Kneipp

“OK  Now who took the damned camera?”- Visual Arts Director, Shane Kneipp


Sunday March 29th, 2pm


174 Boundary Street West End

The Kurilpa Poets present;





Open Mic sessions * Virtual Gallery * Free Food & Refreshments

All this for a mere 5$

The Kurilpa Poets are proud to welcome back the ever-mellifluous Ms Vasudha Harte,

who will be sharing her latest poems with us, and combining with

her mega-talented companion in musical mayhem, PianoMaester Jem Edwards

as the Dinkum Bohos, will be also be stepping up as this months Mystery Musicians.

Expect a taste of the Rainbow Region, with a seedy undercurrent straight from a 1930’s Berlin Cabaret. A heady brew indeed and we encourage you to imbibe deeply.

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We’re still in Kurilpa Hall  at 174 Boundary Street this month as renovations proceed apace

at the Olde Croquet Club, so it’ll be good to hear the Boho’s on a proper stage.

And perhaps we can persuade them to try the house piano? (Watch out for the ants, Jem.)

The Dinkum Bohos prepare strategies to deal with possible keyboard insect-infestations at their upcoming Kurilpa gig

The Dinkum Bohos prepare strategies to deal with possible keyboard insect-infestations at their upcoming Kurilpa gig

And as always there will be Brisbanes openest Open Mic, free food and drink, fabulous company, and up on the Virtual Gallery‘s Big Screen will be showing more Obscure & Disturbing Visions Head-hunter-gathered by our Visual Arts Co-ordinator

Shane Kneipp. The Reverend Hellfire returns as MC to give the proceedings

the Gravitas they deserve, and of course all the usual Kurilpa Crew will be there

to entertain you with their antics.

Finally, this is a local group that runs on the sweat of an oily poem, and every little helps, so we encourage Water Rats and Friends who feel community minded to bring a plate or bottle of something, or even a packet of biscuits, to contribute to the Feast. Cheers

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To check out Vasudha and Jem‘s bios and hear samples of their Art, skip over to

and click on the appropriate links.


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The Cup is nigh and it’s time to lay down the Rules of Engagement!



The Kurilpa Performance Poetry Cup


Rules of Engagement.

The Kurilpa Performance-Poetry Cup is back for the fourth time and wow have we got a nice, shiny goblet this year!

Each year we go out and search nooks and crannies

to find the unique artefact that embody’s the Spirit of the Kurilpa Cup.

This years cup was duly located, after appropriate divinatory rituals,

lurking in a dusty box at the back of St Vinnies in West End

by our trusty Secretary, John Treason.

“It screamed to me of Poetry,”

he told the “Acquisitions Sub-Committee”

“true the plaque said;

‘Dubbo Womens Free-style Champion 1974’

but in my heart I knew it belonged to us.”

(John, it should be noted, will also responsible for selecting

this years wine for the Cup. We look forward to his choice.)

Regardless, even as we speak the engraver is applying

the final re-purposing to the coveted cup.


Oh yes, and as always the Winner also takes home

a $50 cash prize, a handsome certificate, and the traditional,

“loaf of bread, bottle of wine and book of verse.”

All this and the esteem of your peers!

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So sports-fans, here are the Rules of Engagement;

1. Sign on from 1.45 pm. First on, first up. Starts 2.15pm

2. Props and musical instruments are ok

3. No strict time limit but try and keep it at the 3 minute mark.

4. There are two rounds.

An undetermined number of worthy contestants

will be selected to go onto the final round,

so have two poems ready.

5. The winner will be presented with the Kurilpa Cup, $50 in unmarked bills,

a loaf of bread, a bottle of wine and a Book of Verse,

AND a handsome certificate suitable for framing or wrapping fish.

6. Runners up will get something in the way of consolation

6. The Judges decision will be Arbitrary and Final.

They may or may not choose to explain their decisions

or utter some encouraging remarks.

7. The Cup is free to enter. (There will be a $5 door charge

on the day that everyone pays to help with the hire for the hall.)

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AND ONE LAST TIME, the address is;

Kurilpa Hall

174 Boundary Street, West End.

Kurilpa Hall                             174 Boundary Street, West End

Kurilpa Hall 174 Boundary Street, West End

The West End bus 196 will take you to Boundary Street

and runs every 20minutes.

For further information see the Kurilpa Poets on Facebook

or write to

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Kurilpa Hall to host Cup!

Boundary Street Beware!

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With the much anticipated 2015 Kurilpa Performance Poetry Cup

only weeks away, the Kurilpa Poets were stunned to learn that

their beloved Olde Croquet Club in the heart of Musgrave Park,

would be unavailable for the first few months of 2015,

as it would be undergoing extensive renovations.

Yes our dank lowly hovel will be soon upgraded

to the status of a swish Dive!

I kid, but significant improvements are being added to the building,

including a fabulous verandha on which to view the setting sun

and a wheechair ramp for the mobility impaired.

If the hideous grey carpet is replaced

surely our Cup will runneth over!

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In the meantime we have been scampering around

looking for a suitable venue in which to start the year

and have returned to an old haunt,

that familiar West End Institution, the Kurilpa Hall

on Boundary Street next to the Kurilpa Library.

The larger Kurilpa Hall has a proper stage and good acoustics

so perhaps it’s a blessing in disguise that the Cup

will be held in this Iconic location.

So write these details in your diaries/calenders and electronic organisers;

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Kurilpa Performance Poetry Cup;

Sunday, 22nd February, 2pm

Kurilpa Hall, 174 Boundary Street, West End.

with special feature Poet;


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and Mystery Musician of the Month


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Stay tuned for further info in The Water-Rat Gazzette in coming days

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“You dirty Rat!”- Arch points the finger.

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