Tuesday, June 26, 2012

2012 QPF

Image from here

In case you haven't seen it yet, the 2012 Queensland Poetry Festival (QPF) program has been launched. Check it out online here.

Monday, June 25, 2012

I've been a little bit busy...

I have been marking first and second year papers, finishing a chapter for the PhD, and preparing to go to Melbourne this week for the Revealing the Reader symposium at Monash. While I am nervous, as I will be presenting my first conference paper, I am thrilled to be going to Melbourne and staying with a dear friend, and hopefully getting along to the Napoleon: Revolution to Empire exhibition at the NGV and Collected Works Bookshop.

When I get back from Melbourne, I will have another week of marking before going to Adelaide for the AHA Connections conference, where I will also be presenting a paper. It will be my first time in Adelaide and I will be staying in a backpackers in town close to the uni - should be interesting!

Monday, June 4, 2012


Alan Jefferies. Image credit: Speedpoets

I had a wonderful time at Speedpoets on Saturday. There was a really eclectic mix of readers this month including a table of what could be described as post-neo-Romantic poets channeling everyone from Byron, Keates and Shelley, to Dransfield, Marylin Manson and Iggy Pop. Meaning there was a lot of velvet and lace, leather and character hats. There were also a number of regulars, The Lucky Ones played, and Michael Cohn delighted the audience with a series of short observations about sausage rolls - he also won call back poet for June, so he will be battling it out in the future against other call back poets.

I enjoyed hearing poems from guest poet Julie Beveridge's forth coming book home{sic} and also Alan Jefferies who launched his new book Seem. Jefferies read a number of poems, my favorite being "People have strange reactions to my poems" which contains the lines,

A poem, well placed
can clear a room in seconds
a train station in a matter of minutes

People say outrageous things about my poems
but the worst by far
are those that smile faintly and say
"have you thought about writing prose." 

Speedpoets is on the first Saturday of each month at Brew cafe in Brisbane's CBD from 2 - 5pm. There are usally a couple of guest poets and three open mic sessions. It is a great way to spent a Saturday afternoon and only costs a gold coin donation.