This year I’ve had the pleasure and privilege to be a part of the programming committee for the 2015 Queensland Poetry Festival. A big shoutout to new festival co-directors Annie Te Whiu and David Stavanger who have worked incredibly hard to come up with an exciting and diverse program for this year’s festival. There’s something for everyone in the program and the majority of the program remains free to attend.

This year’s theme is ‘Language Is A Virus’

‘What happens to words in space? Queensland Poetry Festival (QPF) returns from the black hole for three days of poetry, spoken word, film, performance, installations, slam, comedy, hip-hop, music, circus and suitcase rummage to see if poetry can live on other planets.’

A few of my personal highlights include:

Machines Can Do The Work: Saturday 29th August: JWC Shopfront 12.30-1.30pm.

What is the future of poetry? MC Justin Clemens leads Michael Farrell, Karina Quinn & the 2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Award winner Melinda Smith into the portal.

Ego Is Not A Dirty Word: Sunday 30th August: JWC Theatre 10-10.30am. 

QPF Co-Director David Stavanger mines Mr Clive Palmer as he shares his dreams, hopes & reflections including a rare poetry reading.

What About Me? Sunday 30th August: JWC Shopfront 10.30-11.30am.

QPF’s 2015 emerging voices Tessa Rose, Stuart Barnes, Anna Jacobson, Yasmin Smith & Daniel Grey give Sunday the kick inside.

Women In Uniform: Sunday 30th August: JWC Shopfront 3-4pm.

Wigs in space, where poetry meets performance art. Karina Quinn,
24 Hour Gym & Kate Durbin.

And as always, opening night looks set to be a must-see on the program:

Walking On A Dream: Friday 28th August: JWC Theatre 7.30-10pm.

Watch poetry defy gravity with electronic wordsmith Michael Farrell, sonic explorer Seja, space junk priestess Kate Durbin (US), Vulcana Circus with Ali Cobby Eckermann, time traveller Quan (Regurgitator) in solo flight mode, spoken word moonwalker C.R. Avery (Canada) and your MC co-pilots Fanciful Fiction Auxiliary.

This is a ticketed event, and tickets range from $18-25. You can get yours here.

You can view the 2015 QPF program in its entirety right here.

Also, as part of my role on the programming committee I was given the opportunity to host a QPF satellite event, which will be held at TheGRID in the Toowoomba CBD. TheGRID is a wonderful volunteer run, not-for-profit hybrid arts organisation. TheGRID regularly host workshops, markets, gigs, exhibitions, basically anything creative you can think of, it’s happening here.

WILD STRAWBERRIES is a night of queer poetry & prose in Toowoomba as part of our the QPF 2015 Satellites program. Wild Strawberries sees the Arts Queensland Poet in Residence, Kate Durbin, head up the range for a special out of town set, joining Dr Karina Quinn (Melb) in Quinn performance mode as she brings birth sex, tattoos, and spoken word together as one, as well as rising star Bec Jessen (the award-winning author of verse-novel Gap).

If you’d like to get a taste of what you might see on the night, check out these fantastic videos of Karina and Kate performing their work.

Thursday 27th August 6.30-8pm
FREE (come along and support poetry outside the city)
TheGRID
488 Ruthven St
Toowoomba
Note: there will be a bar open at this event too.

All the details can be found here on the Facebook event page. Also, keep an eye out for the QPF Satellite event flyers too! I hope to see you at the Toowoomba satellite event on the 27th and the main festival over the weekend of 28th-30th of August.