Queensland Poetry Festival
Madeleine Dale | On 20, Jul 2015
If youâ€™re a poet, a performance artist or just a lover of words with a very short attention span, mark the Queensland Poetry Festival down in your diary. Under the new creative management of David Stavanger and Anne-Marie Te Whiu, and with a huge line-up of artists and events, the biggest event in Brisbane poetry is looking better than ever.
This year the festival is reaching well beyond the bounds of its usual three-day program, hosting an artist in residence, creating a poetic map of Brisbane, running the Australian Poetry Slam and holding a high-school slam competition. Thereâ€™s also a veritable smorgasbord of guests on offer, with over sixty poets, writers, performers and musicians descending on the city.
Among the impressiveÂ selection are local favourites such as Adam Hadley (a familiar face to any Woodford attendee), Angela Peita (co-host of Ruckus Slam and Bad!Slam!No!Memoir!) and poetic luminary, Les Murray, whose hotly anticipated new collection Bunyah is out in October. Added to this bustling Australian line-up are artists from Scotland, the USA, Italy, Myanmar and Canada. And, bizarrely, Clive Palmer, who has presumably progressed to the point where his very existence constitutes some kind of strange performance art.
If youâ€™d rather be behind the microphone and fancy yourself a budding slammer, QPF will also be running the Queensland portion of the Australian Poetry Slam for the first time. Heats across the state will be supplemented by workshops with some of the landâ€™s best spoken-word artists, giving newcomers a competitive edge. Sign-up takes place before each heat, so start brushing off your verse and get ready to compete for glory, glamour and a money-canâ€™t-buy writerâ€™s tour to Asia.
Poetry might be a lesser known facet of Queenslandâ€™s cultural life, but itâ€™s certainly no less vibrant. QPFâ€™s ambitious and electric 2015 program is a testament to this, and their motto, Language is a Virus, hopes to see the scene spread even further. So, with a huge range of panels, readings and workshops to enjoy, now is the perfect time to delve into the Queensland Poetry Festival, and catch something youâ€™ll love.
What Queensland Poetry Festival
Where Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane
When 28th â€“ 30th Aug, 2015
For more information or tickets check out QPFâ€™s website here.
Image Credits: QPF Official Website.