Introducing March Mystery Muso TOM SMITH

The Songs of Tom Smith


It can be hard to have a Big Heart in this unfeeling, materialistic society, but our Mystery Musician for March has found a way to survive & thrive through the healing powers of Creativity & Community.

Journeyman-Troubadour Tom Smith and his guitar are familiar figures at Kurilpa Cultural Events in recent years, often organising his own events whilst appearing regularly on street-corners & bars, Festivals & jams, weddings, parties & anything.

Back in January 2013, Tom half-jokingly put a post up on Facebook asking if anyone wanted to have his songs as they were of no use to him!

He certainly never expected the creative surge that produced the ‘You Do It, I Can’t Be Bothered!’musical artefact, an album of 25 songs he had previously written but had never played live or recorded.

He was deeply heartened by the results of this Project and was inspired to once again  present his songs in performance. Needing a vehicle to drive his Dream to it’s Destination, he created the free-form ensemble known as; ‘The Songs of Tom Smith’- a band with a floating membership. Indeed Tom is not necessarily always in the line-up even! The only constant is, as the name suggests, that the actual songs of Tom Smith themselves form the groups repertoire.

Tom also runs the ‘Whoopee-Do Crew’ who are a community song writing collective, perhaps most often seen performing on Wednesdays at the little People’s Park on Boundary Street, opposite the Big Lizard.

You can see Tom & the jolly Whoopee-do-Crew whoop it up via the wonders of technology here;

So come along on Sunday the 25th

to witness this fab local Entertainer in action, and who knows, maybe some Whoopee-Doers will make an appearance as well.



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

“Now We Are Ten!”



End of Year/10th Anniversary Celebration!

Sunday, 27th November, 2016

Starts 2pm









& A Special Appearance by KURILPA RAT!

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


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!


So join the Water Rats

2pm, Sunday 27th November, 2016

at 91 Cordelia Street, South Brisbane

beneath the trees of sacred Musgrave Park




Kurilpa Poets logo



Just a reminder that the Water Rats will be having a break on Sunday August 28th, while the QLD Poetry Festival are doing their thing.

Instead. we’ll be helping to co-host their Indigenous Breakfast reading happening that morning, “Beautiful Bones” at the Croquet Club. The Kurilpa Poet’s own Theresa Creed is on the bill, so do make an effort to attend and give her your support. It runs from 9pm, refreshments will be provided and I believe it’s a gold coin donation type event.

Theresa Tracey-Creed

Theresa Tracey-Creed

QPF also appear to be running a strangely similar-sounding event at our usual time on Sunday arvo,

the Kurilpa Water Rat Story-Telling Salon at the Judith Wright Building. Despite the name this event is not connected with the Kurilpa Poets.

You can check the QLD Poetry Festivals’ website for further details.


The original Water Rats meanwhile, will be returning in September to our usual haunt at 2.o0pm on the last Sunday of the Month.

In fact we’ve got a really great Spring show coming up on


with a special, celebrity Politician/Poet Feature Poet

who’s sure to cause a ruckus!!


Stay tuned for further details!

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KICI 2016 AGM in action

KICI AGM in action. Secretary John has the floor.


The Kurilpa Institiute of Creativity Inc held it’s Annual General Meeting on Sunday 31st July, and smoothly chaired by Kurilpa Secretary John Treason, successfully rubber-stamped its’ way into another years’ worth of existence.

In a rousing display of consensual democracy, the entire Management Committee (with the exception of retiring Committee Member Cam Logan) was once again unanimously elected in a shower of proxy votes.

Cam was given a rousing vote of thanks, and, as is traditional with retiring politicians, will be taking up a diplomatic post as the Kurilpa Poet’s Cultural Ambassador to the Peoples Republic of Vietnam. We wish him well.

Two new Commmittee members were elected to fill the gap,

Eido Boru and Gerard Bromley. The KICI Management Committee for 2016/17 is thus;

President: Reverend Hellfire

Treasurer: Carol Balfor

Secretary: John Treason

Visual Arts Director: Shane Kneipp

Committee Members: Eido Boru

Gerard Bromley

Linda Loop


The President, Treasurer and Secretary each gave a brief report, the overall summary of which being, that in it’s tenth year of existence, the Kurilpa Poets are still going strong, or at least managing to bumble along. While we’re not getting rich, we are paying the bills and meantimes we’ve got a growing, supportive community of poets, musicians and other creative types producing and sharing some great work.


Some discussion of Projects past and future ensued; Paul Dobbyn exhibited the Schools promotional package he’s been working on (looking sharp), the non-appearance of the printed magazine project was kicked around for a bit and it was agreed we really need Committee member & Legal Secretary Linda Loop to tidy up the KICI Constitution’s layout & structure.

KICI’s recent discussions with the QPF were also looked at briefly.

Full details of the AGM can be obtained from the Meeting Minutes, which will be sent out to Members & Friends in the not too distant future.

Kurilpa Poets logo


“The SERENITY” with Fi Privitera & Jeff Usher, Sunday 26th June

The KURILPA POETS present;

green girl kignn parrot


Sunday, 26th June, 2pm

91 Cordelia Street, West End

Moving on from last months Dionysian depths, we ascend to the calm and contemplative heights of the Apollonian, and celebrate this month the contemplative, the meditative, the pastoral and the lyric aspects of Poetry. Can the Muse still provide a balm and solace for weary minds in the increasingly frenetic and agitated world of today?

Can the Muse lead us thru the noisy Labyrinth of Self

to find a quiet place for the heart to sit? Lets find out!

with Special Feature Poet;

Fiona Privitera


The Kurilpa Poetry Cup this year was unusual in that for the first time ever, the supplementary award of “Almost” or “Joint” Winner (depending on who you ask) was created to acknowledge the very special poetical skills of Fiona Privitera, our Feature Poet for June.

Fiona recieves the KPC 2016"Almost Winner" award

Fiona recieves the KPC 2016″Almost Winner” award

Fiona is, among many things, a poet, artist’s model, kitchen dancer and ocean lover.

Past writing focused on the theme of desire and includes poems about naked women on sushi trains, candy store sex and underwater cities where fish dance with people.

For the last two years she has been writing about depression, suicide and abuse.

She hopes that soon she will be done writing about such things because it isn’t much fun.

As well as appearing regularly at the Kurilpa Poets, she has performed her own and others poetry around the Brisbane Poetry scene at many open mics for over the last 15 years. Fiona has also appeared at The Queensland Poetry Festival (QPF) in 2003, 2006 and 2009.

This year you’ll be able to see some of her visual text-based cut-up work on display at the QPF. 

In the meantime come and get a good serving of Priviteriana at the Kurilpa Poets this June 26th.




leaving the lonely

all alone

languid in this slipping

sun slight


has small feet

slips between

a crawl in the wall

a red brick

moon garden.

– Fiona Privitera


And appearing as Mystery Musician;

Jeff Album front cover photo


Music hath charms to sooth the savage beast, or so noted animal-wrangler Bill Shakespeare once declared. Supplying the Sonic Tranquillizer Darts for us this month will be the chilled one himself, Brisbane Jazz & Blues Giant,

Jeff Usher.

Birds of a Feather; Jeff charms a savage beast

Birds of a Feather; Jeff charms a savage beast

We were all blown away by Jeff’s magnificent music at the Kurilpa Poetry Cup back in February and we are honoured to have him return for a second appearance. Don’t miss this chance to hear a true music legend in the intimate ambience of the Olde Croquet Club.

A selection of CD’s of Jeff’s Music will be available for purchase at the front desk on the day. Buy one and make sure you get your genuine ‘Usher Artefact’ personally autographed by the Great Man himself.

And in the White Corner..Jeff Usher!

As always there will be two Open Mic sessions where you can have your say, the Unsuspected Artists of The Virtual Gallery, Free Food and Refreshments, Free On-Site Parking, Prizes,

and of course the Fabulous Company of Friendly Folk!

All this and more for a mere $5/$3 members

All Friendly Folk Welcome.

Kurilpa Poets, Home of the Water Rat


June 2016 handbill with frameJPIG

male Kinf Parrort in focus red green


sue wards off eevil!


April Foolery, Sunday April 24th 

The theme this month was April Foolery and in that spirit,

the Reverend Hellfire, clad in traditional jesters’ foolscap, kept the fun coming through-out the afternoon with a string of puns, folk-doggerel and bawdy limericks. And indeed twas a most amiable crowd and mellow afternoon through-out.

the reverend needs a rest

EVOLVE organiser Dhaniella dropped in to sample the renowned Kurilpa hospitality whilst “usual suspect” Tony Kneipp presented some thoughts on the recent passing of a dear friend. Ever elegant Sue Dreeves (“I just shop at Target;” she demurred) was visibly vibrant in Sapphire blue, whilst “Door dog” Jeffrey radiated down the infra-red end of the spectrum.

tea time in kitchen

Former Unsuspected Artist Gil Daley returned to Kurilpa this month as a Kitchen crew volunteer and buzzed

about busily all afternoon. We welcome you aboard Gil!

kitchen crew Linda Gil John Gerrard

Kitchen crew; Linda, Gil, John, Gerrard.

Meanwhile a Special treat was provided courtesy of Brendan who suddenly decided we needed a keg of craft beer and miraculously, made it happen! The beer aficionado’s amongst us were very happy indeed!

beer time

We were pleased to see Kurilpa stalwart, Paul Dobbyn, return after a bit of a break from active Poetry Duty, looking fit and tanned. (Paul retired earlier this year and swiftly disappeared into the Bush to rejuvenate.)

Paul Dobbyn

Speaking of prodigals, old water rat associate Padraig also made a welcome re-appearance and while he mainly focuses on his musical endeavours, he also turns out decent verse and shared some of his recent creations with us.

april crowd shot

Linda Loop took her turn at the mic and, with a little help from Mystery Muso Matt, rendered a powerful version of her original song, “Let it be Known” that displayed a voice both strong and pure.

Lin & Matt

While Buddhist punk-monk Eidu Boru‘s T-shirt questioned everything, Brother Nigel Qpapayandi‘s resurrected an old time anti-police rant that brought tears of nostalgia to my eyes.

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Visual Arts director Shane Kafka told a dark tale of Feral Ballpoint pens running amok with a suitably ironic ending.

Natt the blues master

Matt Barnes, the local blues legend in the making with the flame red slide guitar, stomped and thrummed and hummed

and growled over in the musician’s corner,

sometimes sliding into a smooth reverse and

playing eerily eternal notes strung out on a high wire

forever vibrating in the Wind

over some Grand Canyon of the soul.

Andrew Ell man in tan

Feature Poet and this year’s KPC winner, Andrew Ellery smiled the impish smile of a naughty four year old as he reeled off his raunchy X-rated riffs mixed with a healthy dose of social unease. Not to everyone’s taste for sure and some audiences may have been shocked by the raw material presented in Andrew’s erotic verse, but we Water-rats are a Cosmopolitan crew, and merely called for an encore at the end.

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The day wound to a close. The Rev distributed trinkets as prizes to those poets who had kept him amused.

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There was more but I lost my notes, so sorry if I forgot someone. The Sun started to set and we parted, promising to meet next month. Only the pictures remained to tell the story..

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The Cranes of Progress loom over Musgrave Park

As recalled by; Unckle “I lost my notes” Rat

Photos by; Shane “What lens cap?” Kneipp


Bohemian Buddhistry Photo-Review.

Kurilpa Poets Photo-Review, Oct 25th 2015

Riddhi close up

Byron Bay Bohemian RIDDHI

That Bohemian Buzz!

The Dharma Bums of Poetry Ride Out!

Jihn Tracey and audience

Numbers this month were sadly somewhat depleted

by the simultaneous occurrence of the Kurilpa Derby,

but the True Believers turned up and a memorable afternoon

was had by all who attended.

Matt Barnes

Mystery Muso Matt Barnes

Mystery Muso Matt Barnes soon had the crowd settled in a laid back frame of mind. We haven’t seen Matt at Kurilpa for awhile so it was good to catch up with him again and hear his down-home blues licks once more. Matt’s singing and playing have only got better in the meantime and we at Kurilpa wish him well with his musical career.

well I never sue and rev

“well I never!” sue and rev joking around

Hailing as she does from the Czech Republic, Sue Dreeves boldly claimed to be the only true Bohemian amongst us, but went on to charm the audience with a romantic poem

celebrating Creativity and Young Love.

Larry reads

The old Bohemian Cafe’s jovial host Larry

Challenging Sue’s claim to exclusive Bohemian authenticity was non-other than our old mate Larry, the esteemed former proprietor of the legendary Bohemian Cafe and as such, West End aristocracy. Larry’s reminiscences of the old Boho days kept us all well amused.



Savannu made a welcome re-appearance at Kurilpa this month reading us a couple of his idiosyncratically voiced poems, while John Tracey shared his thoughts on roadkill. Theresa T-C made unexpected links between the hi-tech phenomena of drones and “the mob down the park“.

Theresa TC 2

After the refreshment break and some more fine tunes from Matt,

Matt and Rev

we were ready for our first Feature Poet of the day, Byron Bays Bohemian Queen of the airwaves, the fabulous Mz Riddhi.

a laughing bohemian buddha

a laughing bohemian buddha

Seemingly completely at her ease, Rid read us poems of Bohemian Hope and avant garde Angst. Sensitive and silly, sensible and subtle, her verse slipped from one topic to the next with consummate ease. Although a “reader”, Riddhi regularly makes that all important eye contact with her audience throughout. Indeed, by the end she had established an almost

conversational bond with her listeners.

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The monk punl

The monk punk

The next Feature Poet then stepped forth,, our very own venerable Eido Boru, who kept us entertained with his poems and tales of battling petty-minded Prison bureaucracies and

how he inadvertently came to be NASA‘s favourite poet.

prisoner poet 446 64

prisoner poet 446 64

Newcomer Joe, had to rush off and pick up his daughter from somewhere so we opened the second Open Mic session with him.


Joe-duty calls

Lovely Linda Loop loped out of the kitchen to lavish upon us a charming lilting ballad of her own making.

LIN Big Finish

Tony K delivered a solemn tribute to recently deceased West End personality, Chris Maver, whilst our visual arts dude Shane favoured us with extracts from the whimsical 1930’s satire, “Archy & Mehetabel“.

Tony Kneipp delivers his tribute to West End eccentric, Chris Maver

Tony Kneipp delivers his tribute to West End eccentric, Chris Maver

The Reverend Hellfire performed a fluid set of Tai Chi movements,

whilst ritually declaiming his dreams of Flying.

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Jeffrey Evans is generally never short of a word and today proved no exception, with renditions of his own works

and a sample from the immortal Keats.

jefffrey radiant

At the end of the Open Mic the Reverend Hellfire presented the days prize for, “The Poet who amused me the most

to non other than Bohemian Larry.

Larry happy prize winner and rev

Looking pleased, though somewhat bemused, with his unexpected prize, Larry graciously accepted the surrealistically packaged “Jumping Jack” game, complete with plastic carrots and sure to bring him many hours of wholesome fun in the future.

Larrys bemused win

Larry’s bemused win

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

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See you all on November 29th!

jumping jack


Words & Photo editing: Unckle Rat

Photos; Shane Kneipp


“YOUNG ETERNAL”with the Lunch Box Poets, 27th Sept.

The Kurilpa Poets

proudly present

a new generation of Brisbane talent;


“Young Eternal”

Sunday, 27th September, 2pm


The Lunchbox Poets; from left, Morgan Larkin, Hai Xia Wang Pole and Molly Sanders-Dwyer

The Lunchbox Poets; from left, Morgan Larkin, Hai Xia Wang Pole and Molly Sanders-Dwyer


(Morgan Larkin, Hai Xia Wang Pole, Molly Sanders-Dwyer)

plus Mystery Musician

Mystery Musician Jem Sparkles will light up our lives once more



with Special Guest MC

sophie t



The Virtual Gallery, Open Mic Sessions,

Free Food & Refreshments,

Free Parking & Wheelchair Access,

and some of the friendliest folk you’re likely to meet!

Yes, All This and More


for the low price of $5 /members $2

91 Cordelia Street, South Brisbane,

on the fringe of sacred Musgrave Park.

(Just down from Jagerra House)

final logo Jpig

Well, our August break is over, the Queensland Poetry Festival has come and gone, and the Kurilpa Poets are back in business at the Olde Croquet Club in Musgrave Park.

And to celebrate the Spring, and all things new and blossoming,

we have planned a special showcase of some of the new generation of rising, young Brisbane poets, under the banner,


on Sunday 27th September at 2pm.

The Kurilpa Poets are very excited to be presenting

on this occasion our youngest feature poets ever,

the precociously fabulous LunchBox Poets.

Lunchbox Poets logo

The Lunchboxers are a trio of local High School students,

Morgan Larkin, Hai Xia Wang Pole and Molly Sanders-Dwyer.

Morgan Lunchbox

Morgan Lunchbox

They graciously gave the Water-Rat Gazette a short statement of their aims;

“Lunchbox Poets is dedicated to providing a space

for young poets to speak out and be heard.

So far we have organised events for World Poetry Day,

with QPF and Brisbane Square Library, as well as events with Avid Reader

in West End, Visible Ink and The Nest Community Inc.

Lunchbox is made up of three dedicated girls

with a love of poetry and dog photos. ” _

Molly Lunchbox

Molly Lunchbox_

Guest MC for this occasion is the non-other than

Sophie Tarrant,

whom Kurilpa members will remember fondly

from her lively feature performance at the “Mad Maids and Muses”

gig back in May. Sophie is looking for more young poets for this event

so if you’re keen to participate contact her at; 

Sophie boogies down at Mad Maids & Muses

Sophie boogies down at Mad Maids & Muses

Jem Sparkles is no stranger to Kurilpa,

having been our Mystery Musician a number of times this year.

But we love her so much we have to have her back once more,

and indeed her effervescent warblings should provide the

perfect background vibe for this occasion.

Jem sparkling away

Jem sparkling away

Plus of course the usual Kurilpa Wackiness and Good Vibes,

the fabulously informal Open Mic sessions and much more.

Be sure to attend and don’t forget, we ask the community minded to bring a plate or a packet or a bottle of something nice to add to the Feast.

feeding time


Kurilpa Poets Sunday 26th July 2015; Ghost of a Chance!



A "Jem Sparkles and the Golden Boys" Golden Boy.

A “Jem Sparkles and the Golden Boys” Golden Boy.

Jem Sparkle

Jem Sparkle

Your emergency MC for the Day The Blue bearded Reverend Hellfire

Your emergency MC for the Day The Blue bearded Reverend Hellfire

Food for All

Food for All

And rumours of a new coffee machine abound! Can it be true?

Yet again our Feature Poets have been sucked into the Kurilpa Space/Time wormhole that has devoured so much Talent in recent years. But we have Faith they will re-appear, hopefully, sometime in the not too distant future.

But we’ll still have something good for you in the meantime.

club and tree foliage