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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28th June Photo review; Croquet Club Grand Opening

Return to the Croquet Club

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Kurilpa June 28th Photo review.

Yes, there was a certain amount of pandemonium at the start of the Kurilpa Poets’ Grand Opening of their spiritual home, the newly renovated Croquet Club in sacred Musgrave Park.

The fridge and the urn had disappeared, as had the kitchen staff. There were clearly not enough chairs and the Mystery Musician

had mysteriously vanished.

But things soon settled down into their usual cheerful chaos;

Shane had the Virtual Gallery up and running with a Tribute to the Art of the Angry Penguins.

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The Blind Dog was found and led to the stage. Armed with only an ancient battered acoustic guitar, with a hole hacked out of the back, and an upended water jug for occasional percussion, Donnie took us back to the heart of the blues. Meanwhile the Reverend (cheerfully blue bearded for the occasion) gathered the scattered poets for the Open Mic and the kitchen volunteers (Linda and John) performed their usual miracles.

Linda and food

After the first Open Mic session & afternoon tea, Feature Poet Cam Logan delivered a powerful and impassioned set which completely won the audience over.

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Indeed, come the end of his set, an encore was unanimously and noisily demanded by the audience. I can’t actually recall anyone else getting an encore before so well done Cam!

Cam and Crowd

It would take a brave poet to go on after that reception, but undeterred the Loaded Dog quietly took centre stage next, to deliver his own High-caliber performance. Greg (the Loaded Dog) Secombe‘s poems are both unashamedly “political” yet at the same time intensely personal. This, at times almost biblical intensity, can disturb people (this is after all, the Age of Not-Caring) but the Dog knows that one of a Poet’s duties is to speak out and call down the False Idols in Power.

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The Loaded Dog bites!

There were more fine words and music after that,

as my afternoon slid into a good natured blur.

A Diversity of Voices passed thru the Open Mic; Newcomer Jim Lamb brought a taste of the bush to our inner-urban enclave. Michael Vaughan delivered a string of perfectly polished poem-ettes like pearls. Haviere read us poems in Spanish that sounded like water running over pebbles. Jefferson Evans effervesced.

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Theresa and John and guitarist friend Alex jammed with Donnie.

The Women “revolted” and took over the Open Mic.

Sue Fihelly, Fiona Privitera and new comer

Penny Hayes all read with presence and style.

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New Members signed up and Old Members renewed whilst John dutifully washed many dishes & cups in the kitchen thruout the afternoon. We made enough money to cover the rent and everyone agreed they had a great day.

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

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There are more photos which I’ll hopefully put up later, here’s a few more in the meantime..

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See you all next month.

Words; Unckle Rat

Pictures; Shane Kneipp*

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KURILPA POETS MAY PHOTO REVIEW

MAD MAIDS AMAZE & AMUSE

Kurilpa Poets photo-review,

Sunday 31st May

Felicitously the last day of Autumn proved to be a fine one, as the Kurilp Poets and Friends gathered in the Courtyard of West End Community House to celebrate all things Femme in the Uni-Verse.

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Indeed, the stellar line up of luminous poets and musicians that day surely created a new constellation in the Sky, a constellation celebrating the Sacred Muse of Poetry and will be named something appropriate like Hypatia or Sappho or Calliope or the Poetess!

I leave that task to future astrologists. My task oh Muse, is to sing but briefly of the glories of that day as a witness for future days.

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MC & Psycho-pompe (guide to the Mysteries) that day was the handsomely attired Mz Linda Loop. Linda, who has been known to leave Kurilpa audiences stunned with awe with her a acapella renditions of Schubert Lieder and the like, alas did not favour us with song on this occasion, though she did accompany Theresa Tracey-Creed on trumpet, during Theresa’s feature set..

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As well as reading some of her own unassuming but powerful poems, Theresa sang a couple of cover songs acapella on Sunday, including a version of Let it Be that had the audience singing along with feeling. Why, it was almost religious for a moment, sitting there in the sun, singing along with the poets and other outcasts!

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Sophie Tarrant perhaps put on the liveliest performance of the afternoon and kept the crowd well amused..

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Fiona Privitera, resplendent in classic Joy Division T-shirt, read excerpts from the work of Sam Riviere and others. Fiona over recent months at Kurilpa events has proved to be a talented interpreter of other poets works and we hope to have the opportunity to hear from her own work in the near future.

Sadly I missed Sue Fihelley’s set on this occasion but I do have a copy of her book which I shall be reviewing for the Water-Rat Gazette in the not-too-distant-future.

I had made the mistake of asking feature poet Judith Light if she had enough material for two sets. Her response was to bring a large sack of poetry hefted over her shoulder to the event! At eighty years strong she of course has no shortage of material!

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Judith in fact came all the way up from Byron Bay to read for us, and has hinted strongly that this may be her “Last Performance”, so we at Kurilpa Poets thank her muchly for coming and sharing some selections from her Life’s Work with us. We can only hope that she’ll “do a Melba” and come out of retirement many times.

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At Open Mic time the boys were allowed time to have their say. Emerging from the kitchen to whence he’d largely been banished for the day, the Reverend Hellfire played the Trickster as usual, using the days theme as an excuse for reading a poem on the “sorrows of the modern house husband”! Jeffrey, now Kurilpa’s newest signed up member, was as animated as always. A couple of newcomers made impressive debut’s and West End Icon, Blind Dog Donnie graced us also by reading a couple of selections of Wordsworth and Longfellow. (Perhaps a future Mystery Musician here we hope, folks!) The Usual Suspects and some New Faces whose names I neglected to secure read all took their turn ritually in stage.

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Last Months missing Mystery Musicians emerged from the time-hole that swallowed them up in April and now were mysteriously no longer a duo but a trio, and called Jem Sparkles and the Bright Sparks, or possibly Jem and Her Sparkle Boys, or words to that effect. No matter the name, the music produced by Jem, Michael and Rainer was both sprightly and mellow, and set a most suitable vibe for the afternoon. (It should also be noted that the musicians in question made themselves useful in the kitchen as well, helping the Reverend artistically arrange the food for Afternoon Tea. Nicely arranged food is so important, don’t you think?) As always the Water-Rats contributed generously and no-one went home hungry. Shane, again, that Hummus! mmm hummouss (drools)

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I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking. Suffice for now to say it was a great afternoon and an appropriate end to our time “Wandering in the Wilderness” whilst our traditional Headquarters, the Olde Croquet Club in Musgrave Park, was extensively refurbished. For Yeah! It is Done! We are returning Home!

Hope to see you all there on Sunday the 28th of June when we return to our New Revamped Ultra-swish Croquet Club in style! Check out the Gazette in coming days for photos of our new-look Club House beneath the green trees of Musgrave Park

and of course, further details of our Homecoming Poetry Party.

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words; Unckle Rat

pictures; Shane Kneipp

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KURILPA POETS GO BACK TO SCHOOL

THE KURILPA POETS GO BACK TO SCHOOL!

Some of the Kurilpa Poets recently journeyed North and made an appearance at that fine instituition, St Columbans High School.  Fronting up to the Mic that day and opening young minds were Theresa Creed, Rachael Dean, Bill Henderson, Ivan Radix, Paul Dobbyn and the Reverend Hellfire. Our lively performances and stirring words were well recieved and afterwards some of us sat in on a couple of the classes to chat about our Art. We were served a great morning tea as well! A memorable day for sure! Much thanks to the school and students!

Ivan scurries for cover as Racahel unleashes her word horde

Ivan scurries for cover as Racahel unleashes her word horde

A large stick is useful when teaching poetry

A large stick is useful when teaching poetry

poets in waiting

poets in waiting

Rachael D eyes the crowd

Rachael D eyes the crowd

"Who said that!"

“Who said that!”

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poets in waiting 2

The Reverend Rests

The Reverend Rests

The Reverend Hellfire; a vessel for ghosts

The Reverend Hellfire; a vessel for ghosts

Get your foot off that chair young man!

Get your foot off that chair young man!

The Reverend in motion

The Reverend in motion

An uincharacteristically patriotic Reverend

An uincharacteristically patriotic Reverend

Standing tall-Theresa Creed

Standing tall-Theresa Creed

St C Theresa & Bill

Theresa speaks

Theresa speaks

Theresa Creed; Pitta pitta & Kalkadoon elder

Theresa Creed; Pitta pitta & Kalkadoon elder

Mr Paul Dobbyn

Mr Paul Dobbyn

poetry in class? what next!

poetry in class? what next!

Ivan spreads the word

Ivan spreads the word

Bill declaims

Bill declaims

Mr Ivan Radix stalks the stage

Mr Ivan Radix stalks the stage

Ivan's filing system is a work in progress

Ivan’s filing system is a work in progress

Through a lens darkly..

Through a lens darkly..

Paul takes us to Mt Warning

Paul takes us to Mt Warning

You can check out the Reverend Hellfire’s thoughts on his performance at

http://reverendhellfire.wordpress.com/2013/08/18/a-vessel-for-ghosts/

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Upcoming Event- WILD WOMEN OF POETRY!

 

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“You handle the sonnets, I’ll do the odes.”

 

Wild Women

of Poetry hit West End

 

Attention all lovers of poetry in the Brisbane Area!!

On Sunday 4th of November, starting at 2pm, The Kurilpa Poets will be staging their latest poetic extravaganza, intriguingly entitled, the “Wild Women of Poetry” show. Featuring some of Brisbanes finest female poetic practitioners, this event is sure to entertain and enlighten.

The Kurilpa Poets are conveniently located at the Olde Croquet Club, 91 Cordelia Street, West End. This charming litle hall is situated right next to the Aboriginal Tent Embassy on the edge of Musgrave Park.

Performing on the day will be..

Theresa Creed

Theresa is an elder of the Kalkadoon and Pitta Pitta nations. She has performed nationally and internationally as a singer, actor and dancer and is now reinventing herself as a poet. Theresa’s words speak of the deep scars of invasion and colonisation as well as the irrepressible joy of Aboriginal life.

Rachael Dean

Theformer host of the renowned Cafe Checocho’s Poetry Jam and now member of the League of Extraordinary Poets has been described as; the flower child/ fairy-goddess of poetry.”

Her verse like sacred mantras,

ranging from Lullaby to Hurricane,

creating and destroying Universes in between..or so it is written.

Her work can be found on the net under the psuedonym of Violet Wade at

http://hellopoetry.com/-violet-wade/

Arafa Al-Mughairi

Known in the underground hip-hop scene as “The Sneaky Poet”, Arafa Al-Mughairi presents a lyrical orchestra of longing, of softly intoned desires, of the understandings and revelations we etch on our lover’s skins. As a member of The League of Extraordinary Poets, Arafa has wowed audiences across the country.Her work appears on their site

http://league of extraordinarypoets.wordpress.com

Stephanie Petrik

This Wildchild of the Written Word will be making a special Virtual Appearance through the wonders of technology. We look forward to this manifestation.

 

Mystery Musician of the Month;

For each show the Kurilpa Poets goes out and selects one of the fine local buskers found on the streets of West End. This month the fabulous Paula Hackney will be wowing us with the sweet sounds of her magical Ukulele.

She doesn’t have a website but she can often be seen on the corner of Vulture & Boundary Streets on Friday nights.

Token male;

The Reverend Hellfire will be providing gender equity as Master of Ceremonies.

Open Mic Session-all genders welcome!

As always there will be our popular Open Mic Session, where all are invited to come forth and share their poems in Kurilpa’s famously informal and friendly atmosphere.

Tea, Coffee and Light Refreshments will be provided by the Kurilpa Poets. But we’re just a bunch of poor poets, so if you’re feeling generous we’d love people to 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, we’d appreciate the gesture.

ENTRY,etc

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!

The KURILPA POETS dedicate this event in honour of the PUSSY RIOT COLLECTIVE.

 

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