I’m fairly sure yesterday was the best birthday ever.

I had a wonderful time with Nerissa (as Madrigal Maladies) at SpeedPoets earlier in the day. Big thanks to Graham & Jules and the lovely crowd at The Alibi Room.


The launch at !Metro Arts in the evening was an absolute dream event. Somewhere between 80 and 100 friends and family came along (we lost count!), the book supply nearly sold out and the punctuative cupcakes were gone in a snap.

Thank you to:

  • Kim and the team at !Metro Arts
  • Ross and Jeff at SweetWater Press
  • Bettina Walsh, artist extraordinaire
  • The writing circle that shall remain unnamed
  • Tiara, our fabulous Merch Girl
  • Rob Morris, grooviest poet in Brisbane and a gent with excellent taste in shoes (thank you, thank you, thank you; they fit perfectly)
  • James Sherlock, jazz-guitar maestro
  • The (other) Frosts for supplying a dozen excellent bottles of wine
  • Caitie for a fine day of baking fun
  • Everyone else involved with catering: Mum, Tina & Jerome, and the family members who helped out
  • Dad, whom I know would have loved to have been there; your messages from afar were much appreciated (and don’t worry, there’s a video!)
  • All the gorgeous people who came along or sent messages of support, especially those old friends who came out of the woodwork to say hullo
  • The crazy ladies and gents who came along to The Pancake Manor (etc.) after the launch, and the waitress who put extra blueberries on our pancakes
  • Those who took photos or video (I look forward to seeing them!)


I had a great time, I couldn’t be happier with the book, and I hope you all enjoy The Voyage (and are amused by my inscriptions, if you had your copy signed).

I’m pleasantly tired today, and intend to spend the rest of the afternoon in my pyjamas, probably watching The Hunger.

With love,

Speedies & The Voyage

Sunday May 3

SpeedPoets is back for Round 3 of 2009! Be there as Brisbane’s longest running spoken word/poetry event takes over The Alibi Room (720 Brunswick St. New Farm) on Sunday May 3 from 2:00pm – 5:00pm. The May event features the delicate beauty of Ichabod’s Crane: This Brisbane ensemble conjures the sounds of horses being ridden on sand and snake tails speeding beneath gumboots…music to be shipwrecked to!

And to celebrate the pending launch of her debut collection ‘Voyage’, Zenobia Frost will perform a short feature set with a special appearance from Madrigal Maladies, her collaboration with Nerissa Rowan, and if that’s not enough for you, winner of The Dream Ain’t Broken Chapbook Competition, Nicola Scholes will also perform a short feature set, showcasing poems from her forthcoming collection.

As always there will also be live sounds from the SpeedPoets poetic riff generator Sheish Money, giveaways, free zines and two rounds of Open Mic. Entry is a gold coin… This is a gig not to be missed!

SpeedPoets, Sunday May 3 @ The Alibi Room, 720 Brunswick St. New Farm. 2:00pm – 5:00pm.

then get along to…

The launch of The Voyage, a poetry chapbook concerning the adventures of Zenobia Frost, with illuminations by Bettina Walsh.

Time: 7:00pm
!Metro Arts Basement
109 Edward Street, Brisbane
Featuring James Sherlock and Rob Morris
$5 entry / free drinks and nibblies

Presented by SweetWater Press

Martini and madrigals, with no pun intended

A few fun things to note for today (gosh, I really am blogging myself into oblivion):

1. Who Killed Amanda Palmer arrived in the mail and made me squee. ‘Tis a fine album, and Ms Palmer kindly signed an [unused, might I note] panty liner for me at her glorious gig earlier this month.

2. I enjoyed Martin Martini and the Bone Palace Orchestra for the third time in recent months yesterday evening. They’re a consistently vibrant and surprising band, and their tickets are always affordable — which is the most important thing, really. I will say that aside from Mr Martini, the band was looking a little zombified last night (they certainly sounded alive, though). We had a grand ol’ time.

Oh, one more thing: I remembered last night that their trombonist is one of few people to have seen me in pajamas (we crashed at the same sharehouse once). Seeing me in nightwear is a like catching a glimpse of a rare breed of fairy wren, except only if the wren feels rather awkward and quickly flies off to put Civilised Day Clothes on. Maybe he would have recognised me had I come to the party dressed as Arthur Dent or something. Anyhoo.

3. I know xkcd is always awesome, but there seem to have been some especially awesome comics up in the last few days. You should go nom on them.

4. I nearly forgot about the madrigals! Fellow poet Nerissa Rowan and I are toying with a new performance project, Madrigal Maladies. Keep an eye out for us, because we’re going to rock your poetry pants off. More to come.