2017 Kurilpa Poetry Cup Photo Review

Judge Cameron picks a winner..

2017 KURILPA POETRY CUP

PHOTO REVIEW

TWO-TIMING ANDREW SNATCHES TROPHY!

Cup Winner Andrew Ellery at the Mic

And so the fabulous 2017 Kurilpa Poetry Cup rolled round once again, and the olde Croquet Club

on the edge of sacred Musgrave Park

was abustle with activity as the Kurilpa Poets Steering Committee struggled to break in.

Yes, the combination on the gate-padlock had been changed and we hadn’t been informed. Panic reigned briefly as an ant-line of volunteers ferried equipment over the fence whilst others made desperate phone calls or tried to crack the combination lock.

Finally, the Reverend Hellfire issued an Emergency Presidential Decree and a tyre iron quickly resolved the issue.

“Not unlike Alexander the Great“, he quipped, as he cut thru Kurilpa Poets’ very own Gordian Knot.

Reverend Hellfire, afflicted by a fit of Alliteration

Access gained, our team of eager helpers quickly set up the hall, whilst Highgate Hill Songstress, Jem Sparkle,

provided her usual, ebullient soundtrack and Order emerged coyly out of Chaos.

Jem Sparkle and Golden Boy

Thus we were only slightly behind schedule as the first of

Fourteen of Brisbane’s finest poets bravely took to the stage that day

to give it their all and compete for the coveted Cup.

The 2017 KPC contestants were:

Savannu

Geoffrey Evans

Nigel QPY

Padraig

Michael Vaughan

Andrew Ellery

Trent Quinlan

Loc Tran

Kent

Greg Secombe aka The Loaded Dog

Theresa Creed

Fiona Privitera

Cahala

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First up was the ever eccentric Savannu, (our Feature Poet for April). Armed with a plastic bike-horn that reminded me of performing seals and people riding unicycles, Sav assured us that it was all very easy,

“you just go round and round in a circle.. and round and round.. and..” You get the drift..

Stalwart doorkeeper Geoffrey Evans was next up and bemoaned todays, “Trumpet blowing braggadocio”.

A cynical Nigel QPY took the dark view of Nursery Rhymes, assuring us that, “Old Mother Hubbard had her hand in the Till”.

Old Kurilpa associate, Paidraig, came “bearing gifts of Pestilence”,

while the always well-spoken Michael Vaughan shared his whimsical observations.

2016 KPC winner and noted Bad Boy, Andrew Ellery was up next with a harrowing slice of gritty, real-life melodrama, “if you’re a poofta I’ll cut your head off!”

Anita Reed followed, observing how we, “Don’t remember the way they died”.

An edgy Trent Quinlan gave us a tale of Jealousy and Obsession..”Dog Park Rules” he reckoned.

Madcap Architect & Poet Loc Tran brought a poem prepared for a friend’s wedding and warned of the perils of falling “for the first person” (Personally I always fall for the Third Person, Singular.)

Next up was poetic new comer Kent, bravely taking part in his first Kurilpa Cup, and himself no stranger to the Wedding Poem Genre. Greg The Loaded Dog Secombe took a bite at a sterile Society where “only our Fear germinates”.

Descendant of those iconic resistance fighters, the Kalkadoon, Theresa Creed gave us a typically dignified performance, entreating us all to “remember the Great Warriors”.

2016’s Joint/almost KPC winner Fiona Privitera gave us an unquiet poem whispering of “unquiet blood on the killing floor”, before newcomer Cahala delivered a rapid fire allegory of “a Land formerly Free” to wrap up the first round.

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After all that poetry we required refreshment. A famished audience fell on the food, soon demolishing the fabulous spread laid out by our fabulous kitchen crew, while on stage the Sparkly Jem and her lone Golden Boy kicked up a fine sound and the warped kaleidoscopic visions of Surrealist Joan Miro slid across the Virtual Gallery’s big screen like psychedelic play school Octopi.

Fortified we returned to our places to see what Feature Poet and Poetry Cup Judge, Cam Logan, had in store for us.

Bare chested bard Cameron Logan

Now for my money, Cam has one of the best reading voices in the Brisbane Poetry Scene, and he writes some truly blistering satirical poetry when he’s fired up as well. Now combine all this with his tastefully eclectic experiments with sound/song and you’ve got a pretty entertaining and interesting mix. I particularly liked his tale about “Those guys” and the dream adventures of Special Agent K.

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Having demonstrated why he’s a two time KPC winner, Cam then went off to put on his Judges Black Hat for the final round, while Visual Arts director Shane K briefed us on the career of Joan Miro.

Anita goes Cosmic for the final round

Anita Reed got the call first and responded with a poem full of “stellar cosmic musings”. Loc Tran then got up to deliver a poem both passionate and precise, making me wish he’d give up all this architecture nonsense and spend more time working for the Muse.

2017 KPC runner up Loc Tran

Calaha then gave us a diatribe on best revolutionary practise delivered with his usual trademark rapid fire delivery. Trent returned to read us a hospital poem about an “earthbound tripper” before Andrew returned to complete round two with another challenging and powerful poem, “Prick had it coming” was the cold call in the end.

Trent steps up for the Final Round

As the crowd buzzed with anticipation, Judge Cameron and the Reverend conferred. After a brief discussion, Cam stepped forth to deliver his final Verdict.

Andrew Ellery seems overwhelmed by his Victory

After praising all the poets participating and singling out several for special mention, and of course complaining, as judges traditionally do, of the difficulty of his task, Cam announced his decision..

And so the coveted Cup, for the second year in a row, went to a stunned and delighted Andrew Ellery!

The Runner Up (missing out by a cats whisker, or so the Sources say) was.. Loc Tran!

Loc

Amidst cheers Andrew was then bestowed with the Sacred Vessel (said to possess mystical powers!) by the Reverend, who also distributed the traditional loaf of bread, jug of wine and book of verses that form part of his esteemed prize.

Runner Up Loc Tran was also awarded a handsome Cup, tho somewhat smaller and without mystical powers (aside from the ability to command the loyalty of sea creatures!).

The other three finalists, Trent, Anita and Cahala all received handsome certificates commemorating their cultural achievement.

Finalist Calaha rocks out!

There was much more merriment, fun and gossip, but I’ll let the pictures tell the story. So I’ll finish up with a big thank you to all who participated in the Cup and of course, a VERY big thank you to Cameron, who took his judging duties very seriously and did an excellent job. I liked that he took the the time to explain his decisions and to find something to praise in each of the contestants.

the sacred Kurilpa Cup 2017

Next month we’ll be back with the renowned Sam Wagan Watson as feature Poet, and Mystery Musicians, the Tapeloops,

and of course our fabulous Open Mic sessions.

See you there!

See you all next time!

Words-Unckle Rat  Photos- Shane K

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KURILPA POETS AUGUST BREAK

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KURILPA POETS UPDATE

AUGUST & SEPTEMBER

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.

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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

SEPTEMBER 25th,

with a special, celebrity Politician/Poet Feature Poet

who’s sure to cause a ruckus!!

Who?

Stay tuned for further details!

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Kurilpa Poetry Cup Rules of Engagement 2016

The Multi-function 2015 Kurilpa Performance Poetry Cup

The Kurilpa Performance Poetry Cup

2016

Rules of Engagement.

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

Cup Heats start 2.30pm.

2. Props and musical instruments are ok and you can have assistants or performing aquatic mammals to assist you.

3. No strict time limit but try and keep it at the 3-4 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.

Runners up will get something nice 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.

8. While “performance poets” will be assessed partly on their performance skills, contestants who are “readers” will be assessed on reading ability and vocal skills, eg. clarity, as well as their ability to make contact with their audience whilst reading.

9. Note; Performance Enhancing Drugs are allowed

        as long as you share them with the Reverend before hand.

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AND ONE LAST TIME, the address is:

THE OLDE CROQUET CLUB

91 CORDELIA Street, West End.

IN THE SHADE OF MUSGRAVE PARK

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GHOSTBOY to Manifest at Kurilpa Poetry Cup, Feb 28

GHOSTBOY Returns to Haunt Kurilpa!

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David Stavanger to Feature & Judge

at Kurilpa Poetry Cup

Sunday 28th February, 2016

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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?

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A spectre stalks the globe..Poetry!

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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

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JEFF USHER TO PLAY KURILPA POETS 28th February

February Mystery Musician revealed!

Jeff Usher BIRD WINGS Front cover

Jeff Usher, Giant of Jazz

 to play Kurilpa!

The Kurilpa Poets are indeed honoured to present

as our Mystery Musician for February 28th

non-other than the legendary Brisbane based jazz pianist,

Jeff Usher.

Jeff Usher has been at the forefront of jazz and blues in Brisbane since the early 1980s, first coming to notice with the Jeff Usher Jazz Unit.

Highly respected as a pianist, composer and music educator,

he has toured extensively thoughout Australia and overseas.

He has also been a tutor at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University since 1998, achieving a Master’s Degree in 2006, and will be completing a PHD in Composition from the University of Queensland in mid-2016.

Jeff Usher with Joanna Funk

Jeff Usher with Joanna Funk

Jeff has seven albums to his credit, including the award winning

“Leaps and Bounds” and most recently his 2015 release,

Bird Wings”, which was recorded live in concert

at the Brisbane Jazz Club with his ten-piece group,

A Love Supreme Super Band.

This album, featuring compositions written by Jeff as part of his PHD studies, is a high quality production that well captures the intimate atmosphere of a Jeff Usher gig.

“Bird Wings” will be available for purchase at the door and will cost a mere $20 (and I’m sure the artist will be glad to sign it for you if you ask nicely).

Birds of a Feather; Jeff Usher and friend

Birds of a Feather; Jeff Usher and friend

His recent activities have included successful performances at Jumpers and Jazz in 2014 and 2015. In May 2015 he commenced work as resident pianist at Nu Orleans Restaurant in Ipswich. He also recorded an album with the Brisbane Big Band in November 2015, and commenced recording a solo piano album in December 2015, which will hopefully be available later this year.

Now this Giant of Brisbane Jazz will be playing two sets for the Kurilpa Poets at the Kurilpa Cup on Sunday 28th February. Surely this years Cup will be an afternoon long to be remembered!

Jeff’s first set will be commencing at 2pm so make sure you turn up early so as not to miss a minute. Doors open from 1.45pm. Entry $5.

Here’s a couple of little samples of Jeff Usher in action to whet yr appetite..

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KURILPA POETRY CUP RETURNS! Sunday 28th Feb, 2016

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The 2014 Kurilpa Poetry Cup

Sunday, 28th February, 2016

The Kurilpa Poetry Cup

Returns!

starts 2pm at the Olde Croquet Club,

Musgrave Park,

91 Cordelia Street, West End.

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Fabulous Prizes to be won!

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Special Feature Poets!

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Amazing Mystery Musicians!

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Free Food! Free Parking!

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And More!! Stay tuned for further details..

2013 Cup winner Tony Kneipp

2013 Cup winner Tony Kneipp

Yes the Kurilpa Poets are back and are starting 2016 with a big bang!

The fabulous Kurilpa Poetry Cup returns for the fifth year to open the 2016 Brisbane Poetry Season, and competition for the coveted Cup (renowned for it’s mystical powers) is sure to be keen. As always the winner will receive not only the esteemed Artefact itself, but also fifty dollars cash in hand, the traditional “book of verses, loaf of bread and jug of wine” and a handsome certificate suitable for framing or wrapping fish.

The runners up will get something nice to console them.

So brush up your poems, practise your declamation,

comes the hour, comes the poet!

2015 Cup winner Cam Logan with Judge Archie and the Reverend

2015 Cup winner Cam Logan with Judge Archie and the Reverend

We’ve also got some amazing artists lined up as Feature Poet and Mystery Musician for this event, whose presence alone would make the day worth attending. Details TBA in the coming days.

A history of the Cup and the “rules of engagement”

will also be posted here before the event.

Any queries drop us a line, either on Facebook or to kurilpapoets@yahoo.com.au*

The 2015 Kurilpa Cup

The 2015 Kurilpa Cup

Price of entry $5 at the door. Free to enter Competition

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2015 KURILPA CUP/ ROBIN ARCHBOLD- PHOTO REVIEW

And so the 2015 KURILPA PERFORMANCE POETRY CUP rolled around..

The Hall resounded to Mad verse, Sub-verse and Per-verse.

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Master Poet Robin Archbold gave us a rousing performance and an ongoing demonstration of the Powers of Performance Poetry..

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Sasha Cuha, soon to be Melbourne bound, gave us a final rousing appearance, with the help of the ever demure Ms Noella Criminova..

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A divers selection of ye Poets entered the fray..

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But at the end of the day there was one winner, and that was Cam Logan, the winner of the original Kurilpa Cup! (of course back then we didn’t even have a cup. We were too poor..) Though dripping with sweat from his exertions as this months Mystery Musician, Cam delivered two outstanding performances this year that had the crowd cheering, and won the heart of our highly esteemed judge, Mr Robin Archbold himself. Actually Cams battle with the ancient out of tune piano and its nest of angry ants was worth an Award in itself!

Arch also gave a very informative talk on the gentle Art of Performance Poetry, which we hope to put up on You Tube in the not too distant Future. Tune in here also on coming weeks to read Cams prize winning poem, and excerpts from his ragged ragtime antics!

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THE KURILPA CUP-RULES OF ENGAGEMENT!

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

CUP TIME!

IT’S CUP TIME!

The Kurilpa Performance Poetry Cup

2015

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.

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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

kurilpapoets@yahoo.com.au

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KURILPA HALL TO HOST POETRY CUP, 22nd Feb!

KURILPA POETS ON THE MOVE!

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;

ROBIN ARCHBOLD

Arch dissolves

and Mystery Musician of the Month

CAM LOGAN

Camron L twirling mustache

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

Arch accuses

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

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2015 KURILPA POETRY CUP returns, 22nd February

“A Loaf of Bread, A Jug of Wine and a Book of Verse!”

What’s this, you say? An old shopping list found in Judith Wright’s pocket?

NO Friends! It’s time for

THE 2015 KURILPA POETRY CUP!

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Yes, on Sunday 22nd February, 2015, starting at 2pm,
the highly esteemed Kurilpa Poetry Cup
will be held once more.
The prize for First Place includes,

as well as the traditional loaf of bread, jug of wine

and book of verse, the sum of $50 in unmarked bills,

a handsome certificate suitable for framing, the esteem of your peers and of course, the fabulous Kurilpa Cup itself.

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2014 Cup winner Dushan Bojic contemplates the vintage..


We are also proud to announce that our Feature Poet for February and also Honourary Judge for the Cup,

will be non-other than respected local Uber-poet,

Robin Archbold.
And a special Mystery Musician is waiting in the wings,

flexing his fingers. His identity TBA!

A cupwinner & Rev

Surely a special occasion is in the making. But there is one Fly in our ointment..

All this could be yours. 2013 cup winner Tony Kneipp gloats over his haul..

All this could be yours. 2013 cup winner Tony Kneipp gloats over his haul..

*CUP VENUE CHANGE*

The Reverend prays to the Great Water Rat to lead the Kurilpa Poets to a new home..

The Reverend prays to the Great Water Rat to lead the Kurilpa Poets to a new home..

Please note that the Kurilpa Cup will not be held at

our regular venue this year.

Due to long awaited renovations to the old Croquet Club

in Musgrave Park finally commencing, the Kurilpa Poets will be

“Cultural Couch Surfers” for the next few months,

and thus popping up in strange and unexpected places.

(For example we will be appearing at the Kurilpa Hall

for our 29th March show.)

Discussions are currently being conducted with a number of suitable local venues and we expect to be able to confirm our

location for the Kurilpa Cup on 22nd February

before the end of this week.

In the meantime; Polish those Poems!

More details will be appearing in the Water-Rat Gazette
in coming days. Stay tuned..

contestants line up

The contestants line up