Queensland Poetry Festival 2017
Lena Owen | On 12, Aug 2017
The Queensland Poetry Festival hits our city in August with a plethora of poems, spoken word and comedy. Breaking us out of our everyday monotony with the impact of Anisa Nandaula’s words, the festival this year has the theme of Distant Voices. Voices from across the globe cut through the strata of society to highlight social issues from racism to inequality.
Under the steadying hands of co-directors Annie Te Whiu and David Stavanger, the Queensland Poetry Festival will have events such as readings, showcases and discussions. A range of talent will be represented from the Arts Queensland Poets in Residence and Indigenous Poet in Residence – Joy Harjo, Courtney Sina Meredith and Ali Cobby Eckermann – to the rising stars Omar Musa and Ellen van Neerven.
Hera Lindsay Bird is one of those emerging talents. She shot to fame when her poem Keats is Dead so Fuck me From Behind was published on The Spinoff. If that title doesn’t have you googling, at the very least head to her website. The website design showcases personality and a novel approach to content. Reflecting her approach to poetry, it takes a common topic and shows you a new perspective.
Hera’s poetry dances on the familiar but with the dexterity of that friend of whom you were always jealous. It challenges the norms of the genre and the traditions of our world. In a time of vast and immense change, Hera focuses your thoughts for a moment and creates the space for wry reflection.
You can attempt to brush shoulders with Hera at the Literary Caberet on Friday 25 August or Viral Verse on Sunday 27 August. Her self-titled book is available through Victoria University Press.
The Lyrical Life – An Afternoon with Michael Leunig provides a chance to engage with, surprisingly, Australian cartoonist and poet Michael Leunig. Michael will speak on his work and creativity. Addressing themes such as innocence and politics, his work has been at the forefront of Australia’s cultural scene for 40 years.
The festival features a stunning array of free events. This dedication to the provision of culture for public consumption alone is worthy of great commendation.
There are so many events of interest that you might as well just block out all four days in your calendar now.
When: Thursday 24 August to Sunday 27 August
Where: Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Arts and other locations
More Info: Event page online
Images supplied by Queensland Poetry Festival