Countdown to QPF

Suddenly it is August. I’m not quite sure how that happened, but here we are.

Queensland Poetry Festival is this weekend (August 26–28). I’ve just spent two weeks on the couch entertaining the EKKA flu with six seasons of Red Dwarf and a little bit of The X Files. I’ll be emceeing opening night, Of Rhythm and Rapture, so I’m coaxing my voice back with pot after pot of lemon and ginger tea.

You mustn’t miss:

  • Of Rhythm and Rapture: Friday, 7.30 pm — Sandra Thibodeaux, Sawako Nakayasu, Jacob Polley
  • A Babble of Skywalkers: Saturday, 10.30 am — Jeremy Thompson, Red Room
  • Filled with Ink: Saturday, 1.30 pm — Ron Pretty, Jaya Savige, Jacob Polley
  • A Tattoo of Light: Saturday, 4 pm — Joanne Featherstone, Matt Hetherington, Zenobia Frost
  • All is Roar and Crash: Saturday, 4 pm — Kevin Gillam, Andy White, Marisa Allen
  • A Million Bright Things: Saturday, 8 pm — A short set from every poet on the program
  • That Profound Machine: Sunday, 5pm — QPF Filmmakers showcase
  • Onwards to Infinity: Sunday, 7pm — Closing night, with encore performances

In other QPF-related news, I will have a new chapbook available at the QPF: a handmade, limited-edition collaboration with poet Jeremy Thompson. Look out for it at the bookstore — it’s called Petrichor: Two Poets, and it sports gorgeous cover art by Bettina Walsh (The Voyage). Petrichor contains new work, including some co-written bits and pieces, and revisits a few old friends. Reward us for a whole weekend spent folding and stapling by grabbing one — there are only 20 in existence! And they have magic semicolons on the back!

In less-QPF-related news, Head over to the Australian Women’s Book Review to read my review of Pam Schlinder’s debut collection, A Sky You Could Fall Into. Then go and do yourself a favour by reading Pam’s book (Post Pressed, 2010).

Personally, I’m looking forward to a festival weekend. And losing the cough means getting back to the theatre: Animal Farm (QPAC) this week and The Hamlet Apocalypse (La Boite) next week. Fortunately Cabaret kept me happy — and thoroughly earwormed — in between episodes of Red Dwarf, curries, and lager milkshakes.

The Ruby Fizz Society for Superior People

Do you drink your tea with your pinky stuck out?
Do you speak in a British accent regardless of your nationality?
Do you have strong opinions about wine?
Do you feast on the written word, slurp down oil paintings and experience cravings for the performance arts?
Do you like dressing up? In marvelous costumes?
Are you, when it comes down to it, really silly – and proud of it?

Then it’s very likely that you’re a superior person!

Our future events will include: fine dining, fancy dress, live music, live poets, dead poets, burlesque and cabaret, and high-class frivolity.

FIRST: The Ruby Fizz Society presents…
A champagne brunch at Café Checocho

Where: 69 Hardgrave Road, West End
When: Sunday the 29th of June, 11am until 1pm
Dress code: Formal, vintage or costume

Feature readings from Rob Morris and Pam Schindler, live music from Timothy Tate and Wayne Jennings, open-mic poetry, raffles, and high-class frivolity!

Tickets are $15 and include drinks and your meal. Please book by the 25th of June; places are limited.

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