The Truth behind the 2017 Kurilpa Poetry Cup!

The 2016 Cup.. well, one of them!

We encourage newcomers to the Kurilpa Poetry Cup to delve deeply into our Archives

and there peruse the Historical Records, to learn thereby the fascinating Facts

and monstrous Myths surrounding the origins of this revered Ancient Folk Ritual.

Truth Seekers should Click on the link below to discover..

The True History of the Kurilpa Poetry Cup

https://kurilpapoetry.wordpress.com/2016/02/21/a-true-history-of-the-kurilpa-cup/

The 2013 Kurilpa Poetry Cup

An early relic; The 2013 Kurilpa Poetry Cup

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2017 KURILPA POETRY CUP, Sunday, 26th Feb

Announcing that, yes, it’s time for;

The 2017

KURILPA POETRY CUP

cup-time

Sunday, 26th February, 2017

at the olde Croquet Club

91 Cordelia Street, West End.

WITH

Fabulous Prizes!

Mystery Musicians!

The Virtual Gallery!

Free Food & Refreshments!

And Special Feature Poet

CAM LOGAN

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And so as the esteemed Kurilpa Poetry Cup stumbles into it’s 6th year, it finds itself in danger of becoming a local Institution! But we shall do our best to ignore the encroaching ravages of Respectability and console ourselves with the thought that most of our Poets belong in some sort of Institution anyway.

We’re proud to have 2-time Cup winner

CAM LOGAN

graciously agree to act as Judge, Jury, and Executioner for the Kurilpa Poetry Cup this year.

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Twirls mustache, laughs sinister..

Cam, of course, will also be our Feature Poet for the occasion, as it’s become a Kurilpa Cup tradition

(or perhaps convention) that the presiding Judge also appears that day as Feature Poet, giving aspiring new poets an opportunity to learn from the Best, and we always try to have the most Inspirational Poets available to judge the Cup (hence recent Judges include Robin Archibold, David Stavanger

and David Hallett)

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2015 Judge Arch, The Rev and Cam Logan winning his second Kurilpa Poetry Cup

Besides we feel it only fair to give our Judges an opportunity to show they can Walk the Walk as well as Talking the Talk, lest there be doubters or mockers. But doubt not! Globe-trotting Cam Logan is up there with the best of them. Check out his recent experimental work as FREE LUNA 

So come one come all. Bring your best poems and join the fray, or come to listen and enjoy the day!

The 2016 Cup.. well, one of them!

The 2016 Cup.. well, one of them!

KURILPA POETRY CUP GUIDELINES

The details are pretty much as always;

*Sign up is from 1.45.

*The first round will start approx 2.20.

*A number of finalists will be selected to go on to the final round, so have at least 2 two poems prepared.

*The Cup is free to enter.

*You can use props or musical instruments or assistants.

*There is not usually a time limit, but if there are a large number of entrants we may have to ration out reading time on the day. We therefore advise keeping yr poems under 4 minutes.

The Winning Poet will be showered with prizes, receiving;

An elegant, repurposed Trophy,

A handsome certificate suitable for framing or lining the budgie cage,

$50 in cash,

and of course, the traditional

Loaf of Bread, Jug of Wine and Book of Verses.

Runners up will get a certificate and some sort of trinket.

The 2013 Kurilpa Poetry Cup

The 2013 Kurilpa Poetry Cup

Please note that while it’s free to take part in the Cup, there will be a $5 door charge for all.

So come and Join us 2pm Sunday 26th February

for the fabulous KURILPA POETRY CUP

at the old Croquet Club, 91 Cordelia Street

on the edge of sacred Musgrave Park

and stay tuned for further updates..

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2016's joint KPC winners, Andrew Ellery and Fiona Privitera

2016’s joint KPC winners, Andrew Ellery and Fiona Privitera compare Cup sizes

2016 Kurilpa Poetry Cup Photo Review

2016 Kurilpa Poetry Cup Photo Review

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SURPRISE ENDING TO CUP FINAL!

2016 has started most auspiciously for the Kurilpa Poets, with the fifth annual Kurilpa Poetry Cup going off with a BANG! that startled the crows from the trees and set car alarms wailing in a three block radius. The Mood was Mellow, the Music was Melodious, the words Wonderous and the Feast was Fabulous.

The legendary Jeff Usher

The legendary Jeff Usher

As Mystery Musician Jeff Usher played Pied Piper, luring unwary passers by into the Olde Croquet Club, the Poets assembled and prepared their material, whilst the newly inscribed Cup glittered enticingly, whispering sweet promises of Victory!

Cup Day Crowd drifts in

Funny how people like to lurk in the doorway..

After a few words from MC Reverend Hellfire and a brief poem examining the unfortunate effects of “Tree Blindness”, the Contest commenced. It was the largest field of poets yet assembled for the KPC, with 18 eager contestants throwing their metaphorical hats into the allegorical ring. In order of appearance they were;

Bryce

Eido Boru

Fiona Privitera

Trent

Geoffrey “Shakespeare” Evans

Thomas Nelson

Bohemian Larry

Stacey

Andrew Ellery

Tony “Fats Parameter” Kneipp

Michael Vaughan

Sue Dreeves

Nigel “formerly Freemarijuana”

Theresa Tracey-Creed

Bridie

Gerard Bromley

Cynthia Jauch

Gerald “Gerald Keaney” Keaney

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Kurilpa newcomer and a first time reader, Bryce bravely started the ball rolling with a creditable performance. The venerable Eido Boru was up next, his poem claiming that “Nobody saw Nothing“. Fiona Privitera frankly admitted that her “Love was not Fashionable“, but went on to the Finals anyway, despite her old fashioned, Luddite ways.

Renegade Trent was the day’s first “palm pilot poet” (as the Reverend dubbed them) with a poem about “My Dream Catcher“. Was he referring to the hi-tech tablet he was reading his poem from, we wonder?

Next up Geoffrey “William Shakespeare” Evans, is never a man short of a word and this day proved no exception. His lament about “Women Who Have Dropped Me” touched a chord in the Judge’s heart and took Geoff through to the Finals.

Veteran Poet Thomas Nelson brought forth the Ghosts of the Dead through the medium of Poetry, whilst “Bohemian Larry” brought us the Iconoclastic Newsflash for the day, “Money Talks, Bullshit Walks“. Kurilpa first time reader Stacey meanwhile reminded us that History walks all around us.

Next up, the man in the Sarong, Andrew Ellery took the stage, amongst other things assuring us he hated the prospect of longevity. His poem and his sarong took him into the Finals. (Both the Rev and Judge David agreed that this climate is far too hot for pants).

Tony “Fats Parameter” Kneipp was the only previous KPC winner competing in this year’s Cup, and threatened us all with the prospect of ever-looming Black Holes of the Spirit.

Gentleman-Poet Michael Vaughan bracketed his erudite offering with quotes from Einstein, whilst former “Freemarijuana Brother” Nigel gave us his take on the ugly blight of Ozzie “True Blue” Patriotism. Oy! Oy!Oy!

It felt appropriate then that Theresa Tracey-Creed took the stand next, with a powerful tribute to her Ancestors, the warrior Kalkadoon.

The audience responded immediately with heart-felt appreciation,

and no-one was surprised when Theresa was selected to go on to the Finals.

Soft spoken Sue Dreeves, alas, had to contend with an overhead jet passing by during her poem, but gamely continued reading.

First time Kurilpa reader Bridie then gave us a poem on good connections, whilst Water-Rat regular Gerrard Bromley gave us an impassioned rant on the ubiquitous evil of “Fucking Advertising”. Palm Pilot Poetess Cynthia Jauch took the time to praise her fellow competitors for their courage and honesty, a sweet gesture indeed.

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The Heats ended spectacularly with notorious Bete Noir of the Brisbane Poetry Scene, Gerald Keaney, getting pied at the culmination of his rant (a diatribe with several pointed references to disgraced Uber-Poet Graham Nunn along the way). It was rumoured the pie thrower, young Dean McClure, was “paid to pie” by a shadowy consortium of poets that Gerry has written critical articles about in the Past.

Forensic examination of the pie indicated it was a lemon cheese cake. Enquiries continue.

KPC audience with Judge David taking notes.

KPC audience with Judge David taking notes down the back..

After all that excitement it was time for a break while the cheese cake was scrapped up. Jeff Usher once more filled the air with his smooth jazz stylings whilst the crowd feasted on the fabulous spread of food brought by the community spirited Water Rats and Friends. A BIG thank you indeed for all those who contributed to the Kurilpa Feast on Sunday. This is the sort of thing that makes Kurilpa special.

the poets feed

the poets feed

Out in the Rotunda the smokers gathered in their Sacred Place to perform their mysterious rituals and discuss the doings of the day, as the sound of the Mystery Musician’s tinkling Ivories drifted across the lawn.

Cup winner Andrew Ellery, Dr John Jiggens & the Reverend hellfire enjoy the Rotundas special ambience..

Cup winner Andrew Ellery, Dr John Jiggens & the Reverend hellfire enjoy the Rotundas special ambience..

The “Musical Interlude” is an important social occasion for the Water Rats, but the Cup beckoned us to continue. The Rev read a short poem about a melting Cello made of Ice to Jeff Usher’s cool accompaniment, and then it was time for the day’s Feature Set from Poetry Supremo, David “Ghostboy” Stavanger.

David Stavanger.."No pies please"

David Stavanger..”No pies please”

David is more David than Ghostboy these days, he tells us, before launching into a batch of powerful new poems. They are all compelling pieces, delivered with complete professionalism. I like them a lot. I think there is a new gravitas to David’s work, even dare I say, a new maturity perhaps? Certainly it is safe to say his Talent has not peaked. The man is writing at the Top of his Form.

Judge David, finalist Theresa and back in the distance, Jeff Usher

Judge David, finalist Theresa and back in the distance, Jeff Usher

At last it is time for the Finals; the four finalists are named. Geoffrey Evans, Fiona Privitera, Andrew Ellery

and Theresa Tracey-Creed run thru their paces. Fiona’s poem is lizard-quick and to the point. Geoffrey goes on at considerable length.. I find myself glad I’m not judging.

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Geoffrey implores Judge David for compassion

Another pause whilst Kurilpa’s Visual Arts Director, Shane Kneipp, fills us in on the legend of Ferdinand Leger..

Contemplating the art of Ferdinand Leger

Contemplating the art of Ferdinand Leger

Ghostboy, the odious task of judging poetry complete, slinks back into the shadows after whispering briefly to MC Hellfire, who then announces the results;

In fourth place..Geoffrey Evans!

In 3rd place.. Theresa Tracey-Creed!

In 2nd place.. Fiona Privitera!

and, in first place, “by a whisker” it is written, is Kurilpa newcomer Andrew Ellery!

Theresa receives her certificate

Cup Finalist Theresa receives her certificate

Then an unexpected development!

The crowd has barely finished applauding when Judge David starts to explain just how close the judging had been. So close in fact that there were almost joint winners. “Actually”, says the Rev,” I think I have another Cup around here somewhere!” And yes, after a quick rummage thru his knapsack he is indeed miraculously able to produce a stainless steel goblet!

With a second Cup now available, Fiona was duly anointed “Almost Winner” and her certificate amended accordingly.

"But wait! There's more!"

“But wait! There’s more!”

Then, in a touching display of good sportsmanship, Andrew and Fiona spontaneously started dividing the Winner’s proceeds between them!

Cup Winners Andrew & Fiona celebrate the moment as the Rev looks on benignly

Cup Winners Andrew & Fiona celebrate the moment as the Rev looks on benignly

Thus the loaf of bread, jug of wine and book of verses were quickly shared out, and the $50 prize money was divided, to the cheers of the approving crowd.

Voila! Another Cup!

Voila! Another Cup!

Truly an exciting finish to this years KPC and where else but with the Kurilpa Poets, I thought, could you end up with a result like that.

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

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The winning poems will be appearing in the Water Rat Gazette in the not too distant Future. Stay tuned for details of next months event.

Words; Unckle Rat

Pictures; Shane K

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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?

Ghost boy with world in hands framed

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

club and tree foliage

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-Article by Unckle Rat.

KURILPA CUP RESULTS AND REVIEW

 

The Coveted Cup

The Coveted Cup

We Had Words Together..

at the 2013 Kurilpa Cup!

Former Parameter steals Slam!

Cup Winner Tony "Fats Parameter"

Cup Winner Tony “Fats Parameter”

Well folks, we had a somewhat chaotic end to 2012, after the success of our Wild Women of Poetry Event, but the Kurilpa Poets were back in action, launching 2013 with a great “double-header” event, with the deferred Kurilpa Cup Super-Slam and NSW Wordsmith David Hallett appearing as feature poet.

In what Industry insiders describe as “a shock”, Tony (Fats Parameter) Kneipp won the Cup after a hard fought final round. The Gazette will endeavour to acquire his winning poem for publication in our pages.

Tony is perhaps best known as the creator of the infamous “Pig City” single, the song that epitomised an era, and has himself been a Kurilpa Poets feature Poet in the past.

Numbers were down, with only ten poets competing this year, but the quality of work presented was high.

Amusingly, at the last minute, M.C. the Reverend Hellfire himself entered the Slam on a dare from a member of the audience. Cup creator Dushan Bojic also entered the Slam, perhaps regretting his generosity in presenting this splendid piece of craftsmanship and hoping to reclaim it.

“Well, it should go to a good poet,” he declared with his usual quiet modesty.

Cup designer Dushan B explains his technique

Cup designer Dushan B explains his technique

With Kurilpa Poets el-Presidente Marilyn competing as well it was imperative to find an impartial judge to prevent possible “conflict of interest” charges afterwards. Thankfully guest poet David Hallett put up his hand to take on the onerous task of being the Slam’s Judge, Jury and Executioner.

An impassioned Jefferson Evans

An impassioned Jefferson Evans

The Slam opened with Kurilpa regular Jeffery (appearing for the Slam as Jefferson Evans) a poet renowned for his unquenchable streams of verse. Alas his usual ebullience was somewhat subdued, perhaps from the pressure of the Slam or from changing his identity, and regrettably, he did not go on to the finals. Next up a poet that’s been described as the Brisbane poetry family’s mad Uncle, “the Loaded Dog” with a typically impassioned Jeremiad.

A the rev juggles with words

steely eyed Dushan B stares down the audience

steely eyed Dushan B stares down the audience

The Reverend followed with an satirical and erudite take on Homer‘s “Ulysses” that took him to the Finals. Shane Kneipp, the Cup winner’s brother and a notably twisted artist in his own right, gave the event a bit of class with his rendition of some of Verlaine’s work in the original French. Dushan B stepped up to deliver a power-house piece that took him to the finals and one step closer to regaining his creation.

Shane calls the spirit of Verlaine forth

Shane calls the spirit of Verlaine forth

A Girl named Sue

A Girl named Sue

The Loaded Dog barks

The Loaded Dog barks

Next up, eventual Cup Winner Tony K presented his first poem of the day with an understated conviction convincing Slam-Judge Hallett that he must hear more. Then came a girl named Sue and elder statesman of the Kurilpa Poets, Vij read with his usual quiet dignity. KP Supremo Marilyn then coloured our worlds giving 50 Shades of Grey a much needed blue rinse.

Marilyn struts her stuff

Marilyn struts her stuff

Last but not least came Ray, running through the door at the last moment and straight onto the stage to compete, adding a touch of drama to the occasion. Ray may not be KP’s most confident public speaker, but he performed that day like a seasoned trooper.

Ray Reads

Ray Reads

 

After a short break for much needed refreshments while the multi-talented Mr Dushan’s audio/visual experimentations drifted across the walls, we resumed with master poet David Hallett showing us all how it was done, with a mesmerising but for me, far too brief a set.

 

David Hallet shows how its done

David Hallet shows how its done

 

Then at last the finals where, it was the Rev, Dushan B, and Tony “Fats” Parameter and Marilyn battling it out to grasp the gorgeous goblet. All are experienced and confident poets, and performed accordingly, but it was Uncle Fats’ understated eloquence that deservingly won the day at last.

The Reverend presents the winner, Tony "Fats Parameter" Kneipp

The Reverend presents the winner, Tony “Fats Parameter” Kneipp

Amidst cheers and good-natured bantering, he was duly presented with the Cup, certificate and the traditional “loaf of bread, jug of wine & book of Verses” (Rosemary Dobson as I recall). Being “Gluten-challenged” Tony later distributed the bread amongst the poor of the parish. In a break from tradition the winner this year received their cash prize in the form of a cheque, instead of the usual envelope of unmarked, non-sequential bills. What’s happening to the world!

 

Kurilpa elder Vij

Kurilpa elder Vij

All the Kurilpa Crew contribute to make our events a success, but a word of praise is due for the self-effacing Linda Loop, who as always quietly busied herself behind the scenes making sure that the kitchen didn’t descend into chaos. Sadly she didn’t grace us with a haunting Schubert lieder this time around but perhaps in the future.

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Note: At the after celebrations the cup winner was last seen quaffing deeply from the coveted Cup and smiling a crooked, but proud smile.

All this and more

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Stop press! The Water-rat Gazette has just acquire the winning poem for your enjoyment. We  proudly present the 2013 KURILPA CUP SUPER SLAM winning poem..

THE SLEEP-WALKERS

I dream of hope
I dream of tomorrow
I long for yesterday

Insect intelligence
Urge not even uttered
Legs moving, not thinking
Feeling, not feeling
A hard case
One of millions

I need to go back
Where I know people’s names
Some love me, some hate me
But at least they know my name

I told you, I told you
I don’t have to say it any more
I just don’t care
Nothing left to say
It won’t change anything

We were talking about
What we used to do at parties
He likes sex, all right
I said, take your pick
They’re all great
Plain girls are beautiful too
That’s my quota of fun for the night
Once a month is more like it
I’m busy trying to get
This damn pipe going
This was a bet, wasn’t it?

-Tony Kneipp

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2013 KURILPA CUP POETRY SLAM!!

 

The fabulous Kurilpa Cup

The fabulous Kurilpa Cup

ONE MORE TIME!

The KURILPA POETS present;

Sunday, 24th February 2pm

The Kurilpa Cup Super Slam

&

feature poet David Hallett

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The KURILPA POETS are starting their 2013 programme with a great double-featured event back in the old Croquet Club in Musgrave Park. First up is the esteemed

Kurilpa Cup Performance Poetry Super Slam

The winner of the Slam will receive the fabulous KURILPA CUP. This handsome crystal Goblet was meticulously designed & decorated by the multi-talented master-craftsman & poet, Dushan Bojic. Dushan’s uniquely decorated glassware has won a world-wide market and commands high prices, so we thank him for his donation of this fine vessel.

As well as the Cup itself the Poet awarded first place receives (roll of drums)..

* a $30 dollar cash prize in unmarked, non sequential bills.

*a handsome certificate commemorating their Victory

* Plus; a loaf of bread, a jug of wine and a book of verses!

The winning poem will also appear on our website the Water Rat Gazette

But this being a Kurilpa Poets event no effort goes unrewarded so there’ll be lots of consolation prizes for the runners-up.

So come one, come all! The Slam is Free to enter. Poems can run up to 4 minutes or so. Bring a second poem in case your selected as a finalist. Props and instruments are allowed.

Plus Special Feature Poet; DAVID HALLETT

wordsmith David Hallett

wordsmith David Hallett

As if this wasn’t enough, the Kurilpa Poets are proud to be able to present (at last) the Master-Slammer and legendary Performance Poet, David Hallett.

David is the founder and manager of two of Australia’s longest running and most esteemed poetry events; Byron Bay’s “Writers at the Rails” and Lismore’s “Live Poets.” He is also twice winner of the Poetry Olympics at the Sydney Writers Festival, as well as winning the 2003 Nimbin Performance Poetry World Cup, the Byron Bay Festival Poetry Prize AND the “Spirit of Woodford Prize” in 2005.

His poetry jumps from page to stage, leap-frogging sexual, social and personal politics wearing its heart on its sleeve and its tongue firmly in cheek. He has performed in the beat Cafes of New York and the Sydney Opera House. Now he manifests in Brisbane for the Kurilpa Poets. Don’t miss this his only Brisbane show!

*Plus this Months Mystery Musician; Tania Tulip

Each month the Kurilpa Poets selects one of West Ends fine buskers to appear as our “Mystery Musician” and provide a musical interlude. However this months Mystery Musician, Tania Tulip, has disappeared. Tania where are you? It’s all a mystery. Prepare to be surprised.

reading the fine print-Dushan Bojic

reading the fine print-Dushan Bojic

* Further adding to the events ambience will be the Audio-Visual projections of Cup-maker Dushan Bojic. Featuring Dushans latest experiments in visual/sound art design these will be being projected at various times thruout the event.

kurilpa cup

Also appearing that day, to amuse the crowd with his unpredictable antics & fire-breathing poetry, will be

The Reverend Hellfire as Master of Ceremonies.

Non-attendees be warned; you will be excommunicated!

rev on fire

Tea, Coffee and Light Refreshments;

are generously provided by the Kurilpa Poets. But we’re just a bunch of poor poets, so we love it when people get involved and contribute something to the table. Be it a pack of biscuits or a loaf of bread or a bottle of cheap red, your gesture will be appreciated.

*

The Kurilpa Poets are conveniently located at

the Olde Croquet Club, 91 Cordelia Street, West End.

This charming little hall is situated amongst the trees on the edge of Musgrave Park. Come and join us in its air-conditioned comfort.

*

ENTRY:

The price for this fabulous event is a mere $5 for the waged and $2 for the poor.

We’re close to West End & Fairfield bus routes and there is on-site parking.

Hope to see you there!

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Check out Kurilpa Poet updates, news and reviews on our website,

The Water-Rat Gazette

located at ;

https://kurilpapoetry.wordpress.com/

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David Hallett words and works can be found at

www.davidhallett.com

 

Can you win the Kurilpa Cup?

Can you win the Kurilpa Cup?

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25th NOVEMBER CANCELLATION

 

CANCELLATION

 

Bad News Friends!

I regret to inform you that the Kurilpa Poets 25th November End-of-Year-Slam has been cancelled due to various dire difficulties we are currently experiencing.

The Slam has instead been provisionally rescheduled for when we recommence in February 2013, giving you all the chance to polish your performance over the X-Mass Break.

We apologise for any disappointment or difficulties this rescheduling may cause.

In the meantime stayed tuned to our web-page, “The Water-Rat Gazette“, which in the coming weeks will be putting up poems, reviews, photo’s and footage from the events we hosted in 2012, as well as keeping you alerted to upcoming events.

On behalf of the Kurilpa Poets Central Committee,

I wish you all a fruitful Solstice,

regards,

the Reverend Hellfire.

That’s all Folks!

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Kurilpa Poets; END OF YEAR SLAM!

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Kurilpa Poets End of Year Slam!

 Greetings Friends!

The Year is drawing to a close, the Mayan End-of-the World Doomsday Event is nearly upon us, but fear not, for on Sunday, 25th November, at 2pm, the Kurilpa Poets are holding their annual End-of-the-Year Slam!

A traditional feature of this Slam is that no effort goes unrewarded, for every competing poet recieves a small mystery prize! And what does the Winner get, you ask? (Roll of drums) The Poet awarded First Place will receive:

* a $50 cash prize in unmarked, non-sequential bills.

* A handsome certificate commemorating their Victory

* Plus; a loaf of bread, a jug of wine and a book of verses!

The winning poem will also appear on our website, the Water Rat Gazzette.

So come one, come all! The Slam is Free to enter. Poems can run up to 4 minutes or so. Bring a second poem in case your selected as a finalist. Props and instruments are allowed.

*

Plus Special Feature Poet; DAVID HALLETT

Besides the fun of the Slam, the Kurilpa Poets are proud to be able to present the Master Slammer and legendary Performance Poet,

David Hallett.

David is the founder and manager of two of Australia’s longest running and most esteemed poetry events; Byron Bay’s “Writers at the Rails” and Lismore’s “Live Poets.” He is also twice winner of the Poetry Olympics at the Sydney Writers Festival, as well as winning the 2003 Nimbin Performance Poetry World Cup, the Byron Bay Festival Poetry Prize AND the “Spirit of Woodford Prize” in 2005.

His poetry jumps from page to stage, leap-frogging sexual, social and personal politics wearing its heart on its sleeve and its tongue firmly in cheek. He has performed in the beat Cafes of New York and the Sydney Opera House. Now he manifests in Brisbane for the Kurilpa Poets. Don’t miss this his only Brisbane show!

*

Plus this Months Mystery Musician; Tania Tulip

Each month the Kurilpa Poets selects one of West Ends fine buskers to appear as our “Mystery Musician” and provide a musical interlude. On this occasion we will be serenaded by the soothing sounds of Mz Tania Tulip and her Magical Ukulele.

*

Also appearing that day, to amuse the crowd with his unpredictable antics & fire-breathing poetry, will be

The Reverend Hellfire as Master of Ceremonies.

Non-attendees be warned; you will be excommunicated!

*

Tea, Coffee and Light Refreshments; are generously provided by the Kurilpa Poets. But we’re just a bunch of poor poets, so we love it when people get involved and contribute something to the table. Be it a pack of bicuits or a loaf of bread or a bottle of cheap red, your gesture will be appreciated.

*

The Kurilpa Poets are conveniently located at

the Olde Croquet Club, 91 Cordelia Street, West End.

This charming little hall is situated just down from the Aboriginal Tent Embassy on the edge of Musgrave Park. Come and join us in its air-conditioned comfort.

*

ENTRY:

The price for this fabulous event is a mere $5 for the waged and $2 for the poor.

We’re close to West End & Fairfield bus routes and there is on-site parking.

Hope to see you there!

*

Check out Kurilpa Poet updates, news and reviews on our website,

The Water-Rat Gazette

located at ;

https://kurilpapoetry.wordpress.com/

*

David Hallett words and works can be found at

www.davidhallett.com

 

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Upcoming Event-Kurilpa Poets July Gala!

 

The Kurilpa Poets, Sunday 29th

July Gala 

POETRY! POETRY! POETRY!

The greatest Triple-Header since Cerebus stalked the underworld, with not One but Three Feature Poets struggling for supremacy. These wondrous wordsmiths are non-other than:

*”Unckle” Fats Parameter This anarchistic rat-bag is the infamous creator of the legendary hit-single “Pig City“. A respected local musician, long time radical ratbag and most recently a notorious HEMP activist, Unckle Fats is also a poet of surprising vision and unsuspected depths.

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*Cameron Logan was the winner of the Kurilpa Poets 2011 End-of-Year Slam, and now returns to give us a further demonstration of his Art. A regular performer around the Brisbane poetry scene, Cameron’s style is highly theatrical, his humour veering from high cultural satire to the crudest of japes. Surprisingly he claims not only Shakespeare, Yeats, Eliot and the “usual suspects” as influences but contemporary Brisbane poets as well!

* Dushan Bojic usually makes his living hustling as a pool-shark and writing other people’s Phd’s for them. The correctional facility has given him day release for the occasion, (it counts as Community Service) thus allowing Dushan the opportunity to inject us and infect us with his projectile texts. His multi-dimensional presentation will illuminate and consummate the afternoon’s performance.

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*The Reverend Hellfire will be Master of Ceremonies for the occasion, so Fire Marshalls will be standing by to prevent outbreaks of spontaneous verbal combustion.

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Aside from these poetic luminaries, the traditional Kurilpa Poets Open-Mic section will of course take place. Remember, participating poets get in cheaper, so dust off that poem at the bottom of the cupboard and bring it in!

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And if you need further incentive to get up and read your poem, how about world-wide fame?

Yes, the whole Event will be video-recorded and later featured on You-Tube and the Kurilpa Poets Blog site, “The Water-Rat Gazette

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Also appearing of course will be this months MYSTERY MUSICIAN. Your only hint; she’s a local lass who, plays a mean ukulele!

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There is ample parking and Tea, Coffee and Light Refreshments will be served.
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Entry fee is a gold coin donation for Kurilpa Poet members, open-mike performers, pensioners, students & the unemployed. Everyone else pays $5

STARTS; 2pm, Sunday 29th July

The Old Croquet Club, Musgrave Park

91 Cordelia Street, West End

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X-MASS PARTY & “End of Year” Slam REVIEW

 

the crowd trickle in to the sound o f"roots blues alt/county"

Kurilpa Poets’ X-mass Party On!

SLAM a “big hit”!

 This report is very delayed. Illness, floods and end of year madness intervened, but here at last Kurilpa Poets correspondant “Unckle Rat” reports on this historic event..

Sunday December 4th saw the last of our monthly gigs for the year, and to mark the Event and finish the year with a big bang, it was also the occasion of the

inaugural Kurilpa Poet’s End-of-Year-Slam.

Fourteen eager poets competed for the honour of winning this prestigious event. Aside from the esteem of their peers, the Winner could look forward to receiving a bottle of fine wine, a loaf of excellent bread, $20 in unmarked, non-sequential bills, and a handsome certificate, suitable for framing.

Further to this, we in the Kurilpa Poets believe that effort should be rewarded, and accordingly, on this occasion, every competing poet was awarded a small mystery prize.

Awarding the prizes and acting as Slam Judge, Jury and Executioner was the Reverend Hellfire. 

Judge Judy & Executioner-the Reverend hellfire

 The Reverend complained afterwards of the difficulty of his task, “Someone else can be judge next time. The overall standard was pretty high and I found it extremely difficult to try and pick a clear winner ahead of the pack. I was just glad I was able to award the mystery prizes by way of compensation.”

The prizes were indeed a diverse collection, ranging from finely carved crystalline rabbits to 4,000 piece jigsaw puzzles of the Golden Gate Bridge. It reminded me of Christmas at the Orphanage, but the poets all seemed happy with their prizes, and none went home disappointed. 

appearing on dry land- the Swampfish!

 

The advertised ‘Mystery Musicians’ turned out to be The SWAMPFISH, a duo comprising of longtime local musicians Liz & Kym. Playing their own special blend of laid back music (a style they describe as ” roots Blues/ Alternative country”) they really helped create a mellow mood that set the tone for the afternoon. Everyone I spoke to enjoyed their contribution, so SWAMPFISH, come back soon! 

tent town

 The Slam itself presented an interesting assortment of poets for our edification.

Opening up was a young lady called Sam from the Occupy Brisbane tent people, who were fetched up next to us in Musgrave Park. (It seemed only neighbourly to invite them in to share the festivities.) “No photos!” she said, so heres a picture of her feet..

Then,looking more like Hunter S Thompson with every passing year, Dusan Bojic entertained us with his suave urban meanderings. 

reading the fine print-Dushan Bojic

 

 Linda Loop impressed with a lively Germanic version of Lewis Carroll‘s Jabberwocky that brought cheers from the audience.

 

the vorpal blade went snicker snacke! Linda loop

  I also liked Glenn Manga‘s anti authoritarian rantings and Cameron Logans resonant Shakespearean tones.

 

Glen MangaMr Ivan RadixAmanda smiles

 

Amanda smilesIvan Radix

 

Speaking of resonant tones, Mr Ivan Radix‘s earthy half growl/half purr won over the growing audience as he delivered his usual polished performance. Kurilpa Poets stalwart Amanda Maystone-Towell made her debut in Slamming and won appreciative applause for her effort.

Another Kurilpa Poets fixture, the gentlemanly Vidge, stood out from the crowd by bringing his very own portable PA system, which he wore around his waist.

testing one ..two..

 Now Vidge is a very quietly spoken man, so the amplification was a boon for those of us who love his poems but sometimes have trouble hearing them. All he needs now is a drum machine!

Lesley Synge had the whole place convulsed with her wickedly satiric poem about the neighbours from hell. Her mimicry nailed the archetypal suburban sounds.. “No Darryl Don’t!! I’m pregnant!!” Great stuff. I’m sure I’ve lived on that street. 

"No Darryl Don't!" Mz Leslie Synge

 Kurilpa Poet stalwart Paul Dobbyn had a novel approach, laying his poem out as a diagram on the floor, like a How-to-Dance floor chart. Poetry in three easy steps!

Marilyn explains

 Also reading and winning prizes that day were Glenn Manga, Mz Gyan, Jeff Nielson and Marilyn Roberts. My notes have “good” written next to each of their names.

Not so young John Austin, who supplied the days R rated material with a tedious poem, in my humble opinion, of gratuitous filth which driveled on for far too long. But we at Kurilpa Poets are Cosmopolitan enough to ignore the misbehaviour of a child or crazy person and so the day continued on undeterred. 

Jeff NielsonThe Rev does a Song & Dance

 

After a musical interlude with the SWAMPFISH, the second round commenced with four determined finalists. Again the quality was evident, but at the end of the day the Judge must make a decision, and lo it came to be..(trumpets please).. Mr Cameron Logan.

I do believe Cameron came all the way from Ipswich to participate in the slam, so his victory was perhaps especially well-deserved. 

Slam Winner Mr Cameron Logan

 But this was one Slam where it is true to say that EVERYONE was a winner, with the Reverend Hellfire ensuring that everyone had an appropriate award for their efforts.

“I tried to get the prize to match the poet,” explained the Rev’,” and I had a vague idea what was in some of the packages but mainly I awarded by instinct and that seemed to work OK.”

So, yes, a big thanks to all the participating poets, we hope to see you all again in the coming year. 

Thats all folks! Till next year..

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