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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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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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


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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!

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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..


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..

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The contestants line up

Robin Archbold performs May 26th!

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Yes its a big event this month at the Kurilpa Poets for we are honoured to have as our Feature poet of the Month the legendary performance poet Robin Archbold.

Robin is not only an absurdly talented wordsmith and performer but a major player in keeping the Performance Poetry Scene alive. The only person to ever win both the the Woodford Poetry Slam and Woodford Inspirational Story Award, feature poet at Australian Poetry Slam Final, Qld Poetry Festival, Tasmanian Poetry Festival, Salt on the Tongue Poetry Festival, Gympie Music Festival, Page vs Stage Qld State Library,, founder Sunshine Coast Spoken Word, 2 x Lismore Poetry Cups etc, etc.


Not only did he co-found the esteemed Nimbin Performance Poetry World Cup, which is the premier outlaw performance poetry event in Australia, but he put up $6000 out of his own pocket to launch it. Did I not say he was a legend?

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So come along to see this his only Brisbane show, there’s sure to be verbal fireworks aplenty. And did I mention he’s one of our funniest poets?

As well we’ll be having our usual fun and games with the Openest open Mic in town, and the Reverend Hellfire will be entertaining us with his experimental audio-visual poetic projections.

Giving the Reverend a break from Ringmaster duties,  Guest MC this month is the dashing young Sasha Cuha from the League of Extraordinary Poets

 And of course there’ll be music in the air provided by our Mystery Musician of the Month, a Kurilpa Poets Institution, where we feature one of our fine local buskers during the interludes.

Tea, coffee and nibblies are provided as part of the entry fee, but we encourage the community minded to bring a plate or bottle or something to add to the spread.

Hope to see you there!

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