First Thunder Spoke (then, other voices)

A curious thing: we moved into our new digs in January, and suddenly summer’s swinging around again (interrupting spring — how rude!), yet we still haven’t had a housewarming. The year has been pulled out from under our feet. Also it’s hard to leave this library:

Marlinspike Library

We all have to leave the books alone now and then — and there are a bunch of things coming up I’ll even put pants on for.

This weekend, the Queensland Poetry Festival stirs up the Judith Wright Centre, with three days’ worth of poetry and spoken word over two stages. I’m joining Rob Morris to give voice to Ynes Sanz‘s poems (along with Ynes herself) at First Thunder Spoke: 10.30am, Saturday 24 August.

Then, on Sunday, I’m playing a little trumpet at Lady Marlene‘s wonderful cabaret burlesque (Disney-themed, this time!) at The Loft:

Finally, I’m super excited to announce the return of the Ruby Fizz Society in October, hosted and supported by the wonderful Bird Gallery and Studios (who share space with Bean.) You can tell us you’re coming here, but I’ll tell you all about the Ruby Fizz Salon in another post soon. It’s gonna be so spiffy.

It’s all go at the moment — lots of work, writing and über-rehearsals for The Ragtag Band. But I’m finally recovering from whooping cough (whaaaaa — I don’t even!); my singing voice is coming back; I’ve had two poems accepted this week in two different Aussie journals; I just opened a brand new malty Assam blend; and there’s a friendly cat paw obscuring my keyboard.

See you on the flipside — or hopefully at some of these events!


This Thursday: Poetry AND wine in the library

Hullo! Woah — it’s December?! Christmas has infiltrated my living room already. (MY FAVOURITE THING IS WRAPPING PRESENTS. DON’T RUIN IT BY OPENING THEM.) In about two seconds, the year will be over and we’ll be coughing up dust from the fireworks. I just zoomed back from Adelaide, where this happened:

Zen Vs. St GeorgeAnd since I did not meet my doom at the hands of this guy or his dragon fiend, I’ll be performing at the Wynnum Library this Thursday, with Ross Clark and Rob Morris. These gents are two of my favourite poets, and I count them both as friends and mentors. I toured Australia with Rob in 2009, and once upon a time Ross and I were known in some circles as Rocco and Spanki, poetic adventurers.

Here are the deets:
Where: Wynnum Library
When: 13 December, 6–7.30pm
What: Ross Clark, Rob Morris, Zenobia Frost and open mic 
Cost: Free! Entirely freeeee!
Bookings preferred on (07) 3403 8888

Best of all, there will be wine and nibbles, and we’ll all be available to sign books, breasts, etc. I’ll be sampling from forthcoming publications, and debuting a suite of poems I wrote at Varuna, for my grandfather. No doubt we’ll all chuck in some old favourites. Fingers crossed Rob returns us to “The Cloudland Funicular Cha-Cha” — to a time “when the whole world wore hats.”


Aboard the Poetry Tour Bus

Hurrah! I’m very excited to have been chosen to join Robert Morris and Kristin Hannaford on a week-long poetry tour at the end of September. The Queensland Writers Centre and Queensland Poetry Festival are sending us to Sydney, Melbourne and Launceston. Can’t wait!

I’ve never really seen much of Australia before—I’ve certainly never been to Tasmania—so I’m looking forward to exploring. I’m sure that Rob and I will find quality vintage-hunting time along the way. More news to come as tickets (and gigs) are booked.

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to book your tickets for the QPF opening night event, A Tangle of Possibilities, featuring AF Harrold (UK), Elizabeth Bachinsky (Canada), Neil Murray & the 2009 Arts Queensland Poet-in-Residence Hinemoana Baker (the festival begins with a lady with fine taste in hats? Perfect!). And I’ll be MCing!

It’s all happening this coming weekend, Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd of August, and it’ll be a blast. Tickets are now on sale from Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts or by calling the box office on: (07) 3872 9000.

Full/Phone/Door: $20
Concession: $15
Groups of 5 or more: $15

The Voyage launches this weekend

I have a groovy little book in my hot little hands.

Jeffrey Harpeng says, on the blurb, “The poetry of The Voyage has both the resignation of the sage, and the wit and passion of the articulate romantic. Frost hopes lovingly against all odds and oddities.” (Thanks, Jeff!) And, of course, Bettina’s art brings the chapbook to life.

I’m looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday for a rather magnificent little party. I shall be baking all weekend; expect there to be sprinkles in my hair. Again.

Don’t forget James Sherlock will be providing jazz grooves and Rob Morris will be bringing further tales from the rock-n-roll after-life. Not to be missed!

With affection,
x o x

The Voyage
book launch
7pm, 3rd May
!Metro Arts, 109 Edward St, Brisbane