Venues

Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts

420 Brunswick St,
Fortitude Valley
07 3872 9000

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Bloodhound
Corner Bar

454 Brunswick St,
Fortitude Valley
07 3162 6402

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Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre (BEMAC)

Level 1, 102 Main St,
Kangaroo Point
07 3391 4433

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Brisbane Square
Library

266 George Street,
Brisbane City
07 3403 4166

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JUDITH WRIGHT CENTRE — PERFORMANCE SPACE

6-730pm QPF2017 Opening Night + Poetry Awards
Free event (drinks & DJ Zaziz in the foyer from 5 pm)

Join us for the official opening night, including a keynote address by the QPF Indigenous Poet in Residence Ali Cobby Eckermann, the Arts Queensland Poetry Awards, the Phillip Bacon Ekphrasis Award and the Oodgeroo Indigenous Poetry Prize, as well as a feature reading by Arts Queensland Poet in Residence Courtney Sina Meredith (NZ).

830-1opm Traveling Light: Leonard Cohen Tribute
Ticketed event $25/$15  BOOK

Some of Queensland’s finest let the light in as part of a special tribute to Leonard Cohen. Acclaimed musicians Ben Salter, Ben Ely (Regurgitator), McKisko, Skye Staniford (We All Want To) and electronic trash trio The Architects of Sound are joined by local poets Sam Wagan Watson and Pascalle Burton, as well as Canadian-born Australian poet Ian McBryde, to sift through the fire of some of Leonard Cohen’s finest work. Closing the night is a feature set by Hexham, a band fronted by seasoned poet and lyricist Max Ryan, showcasing their new album Close and Leaving.

 

Brisbane Square Library  

10-11am 10am in the Universe — Clozapine Clinic Reading
Free event co-presented by Brisbane Square Library

Join interstate writers Tim Heffernan, Alise Blayney, Ariel Riveros and Verity La editor/poet Michele Seminara, along with members of Words on the Street (from Brisbane’s School of Hard Knocks), as they perform work that draws upon lived experiences in the mental health system.

1130am-1230pm Thieves of Fire — Clozapine Clinic Panel
Free event co-presented by Brisbane Square Library

Writers Tim Heffernan, Alise Blayney, Ariel Riveros and Verity La editor/poet Michele Seminara take part in a panel discussion about how mental health has shaped their work and the power of poetry for reclaiming one’s voice in times of psychological distress.

230-330pm The Remission Society: Writing & Chronic Illness
Free event co-presented by Brisbane Square Library

This panel discussion explores the ‘other’ by giving a voice to those in what Arthur Frank calls ‘the Remission Society’. Where in literature — indeed, in poetry — are the voices of those who experience chronic illness or pain? Join the conversation, led by author Heather Taylor Johnson and featuring award-winning poets, playwrights and writers Andy Jackson, Rachael Guy, Quinn Eades and Stuart Barnes.

4-5pm Shaping the Fractured Self: Book Launch
Free event co-presented by Brisbane Square Library

This reading showcases some of Australia’s finest poets who happen to live with chronic illness and pain, giving voices to sufferers, carers, medical practitioners and researchers, building understanding in a community of caring. Featuring readings by editor Heather Taylor Johnson and award-winning poets, playwrights and writers Andy Jackson, Rachael Guy, Quinn Eades and Stuart Barnes. 

 

Marsden Library

330-430 pm We are the Diasporas
Free event co-presented by Logan Libraries

Readings by Tusiata Avia (NZ), Laurie May and Kiri Cooper.

JUDITH WRIGHT CENTRE — PERFORMANCE SPACE


10-11 am Mango Weather: Thomas Shapcott Tribute
Free event
This special tribute to renowned Queensland poet Thomas Shapcott (who will be in attendance) features Katie Noonan’s Elixir, UQP Poetry Editor Felicity Plunkett, former Shapcott Prize winners and archival recordings, as well as friends and family members.

1130am-1230pm Speak in Hands: Poetry Spoken Word Showcase
Free event co-presented by ATSICHS
Readings and performances by Eileen Chong, Laurie May, Nayuka Gorrie and Bill Moran aka Good Ghost Bill (USA).


1-2pm We All Speak the Same Language: Peril Panel
Free event co-presented by Peril magazine
In this performance panel, Peril magazine’s Eleanor Jackson invites authors whose work engages with English from a global perspective, interrogating the critical nature of language. Featuring Eileen Chong, Christopher Tse (NZ), Michelle Law and Nhã Thuyên (Vietnam).


230-330pm We the Mapless: Poetry Reading
Free event co-presented by QUT Creative Industries
Readings by award-winning contemporary poets David Musgrave, Jennifer Maiden and Ian McBryde.


4-530pm Avant Gaga Reading
Free event co-presented by Australian Poetry
Experience some of the latest experiments in poetry and performance by leading, emerging and unexpected practitioners: Lionel Fogarty, Pascalle Burton, Nathan ShepherdsonShastra Deo, Chloë Callistemon, Stuart Barnes and Vernon Ah Kee. Followed by a half-hour headline performance by Christian Bök showcasing his newest volume of poetry, The Xenotext (Book 1). Hosted by Toby Fitch.


6-7pm We are the Diasporas: Pacifika Poetry Showcase

Free event co-presented by Queensland Multicultural Month



Readings, video and performances by Tusiata Avia (NZ), Kiri Cooper and the 2017 Arts Queensland Poet in Residence, Courtney Sina Meredith (NZ).


8-10pm QPF2017 Literary Cabaret
Ticketed event $25/$15  BOOK

Join an all-star cast of multi-award-winning voices from across the globe, featuring QPF2017 Indigenous Poet in Residence Ali Cobby Eckermann; acclaimed author, poet and rapper Omar Musa; National Book Award for Poetry winner and New York Timesbestselling memoirist Mark Doty (USA); one of Australia’s most innovative poets and Stella Prizeshort-listed author Maxine Beneba Clarke; leading Queensland poet and recipient of the 2016 Prime Minister’s Award for Poetry Sarah Holland-Batt; viral poet and 2017 Sarah Broom Prize winner Hera Lindsay Bird (NZ); and world-renowned Tibetan musician Tenzin Choegyal.

 

JUDITH WRIGHT CENTRE — SHOPFRONT


 10-11am Poetry Without Borders: Reading
Free event co-presented by ATSICHS
Readings by award-winning poets Paul Hetherington, Michelle Cahill and 2016 Oodgeroo Noonuccal Poetry Prize recipient Andrew Booth. 


1130am-1230pm What Even Is Contemporary OZPO? A Panel
Free event co-presented by Australian Poetry

What is the state of affairs in contemporary Australian poetry? What is a state? An affair? What is contemporary? What even is poetry? Join leading poets and editors Sarah Holland-Batt, David Musgrave and Michelle Cahill as they discuss the state of play with chair Toby Fitch.


1-2pm Deep North: Poetry Reading
Free event co-presented by QUT Creative Industries
Readings by Zenobia Frost, Red Room Poetry Director Tamryn Bennett and one of QLD’s foremost contemporary poets, Bronwyn Lea.


230-330 pm WrICE: Poetry Reading + Panel
Free event co-presented by RMIT

WrICE contributes to an Asia-Pacific community of writers, bringing together Australian and Asia-Pacific writers each year for face-to-face collaborative residencies. Join WrICE poets Nhã Thuyên (Vietnam), Martin Villanueva (Philippines), Norman Erikson Pasaribu (Indonesia) and host Ellen van Neerven as they discuss the project and read from their work.


4-5pm The Prose Poetry Project
Free event co-presented by International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI)
Prose poetry is constantly in the process of reimagining itself. Join Monica Carroll, Paul Munden, Jen Webb, Paul Hetherington and Shane Strange as they discuss the form and read work from IPSI’s most recent The Prose Poetry Project anthology.


630-730pm Mohsen Soltany Zand w/ DATSON + Saba Vasefi
Free event co-presented by Queensland Multicultural Month
Mohsen Soltany Zand collaborates in live performance with DATSON, the electronica project of Geoffrey Datson and Annette Hughes.  On a range of handmade, electronically affected instruments, they create a sound field of Iranian-voiced, velvet-underground English folk into which Mohsen patterns his words. Saba Vasefi is a poet and award-winning human rights’ activist, who will be joined on stage by accomplished young vocalist and celloist Minerva Khodabande.

 

JUDITH WRIGHT CENTRE — IMA SCREENING ROOM


10-11 am QUT Student Salon
Free event co-presented by QUT Creative Industries
Some of QUT’s best student short-form writers show why less is more.


12-1pm Before the Sky: Poetry Reading
Free event
Readings by Haider Catan, Ariel RiverosVerity La Editor Michele Seminara, and poet and Hexham front man Max Ryan.


2-3pm Pray Ho’tell: Film + Talk
Free event
Join poet and mental health advocate Alise Blayney for a short film screening and talk about the work of the late surrealist poet Benjamin Frater, exploring the relationship between automatic writing and the schizophrenic vernacular.


3-4pm Seeds: Eco-Poetry Panel
Free event co-presented by ATSICHS

Join award-winning Indigenous writers Tony Birch and Ali Cobby Eckermann as they discuss the creative-critical edge between poetry, ecology and activism, as well as the songlines of land and place, with Red Room Poetry’s Tamryn Bennett.


430-530pm Jacaranda Street: Poetry Reading
Free event
Readings by local poet Damen O’Brien, Peril Editor-in-Chief Mindy Gill, and acclaimed author and poet Heather Taylor Johnson.


630-730pm David Megarrity’s One Man Eisteddfod + Benjamin Wild
Free event
David Megarrity’s One Man Eisteddfod is about learning to love the youth you used to be, featuring original songs and poems by the likes of Heaney, Larkin and Neruda. Includes an opening set from 2016 XYZ Spoken Word Prize winner Benjamin Wild.


8-10 pm And Still I Rise: Film
Free event
Screening of the 2016 PBS Maya Angelou documentary And Still I Rise.

 

BLOODHOUND BAR


10pm-late Ben Salter + Tourettes
Ticketed event $15  BOOK


Ben Salter is one of Australia’s most highly regarded and multiple ARIAnominated performers and songwriters. At this event, he showcases old favourites and tracks from his new album Back Yourself, joined by legendary NZ spokenword artist Tourettes (aka Dominic Hoey.)

JUDITH WRIGHT CENTRE — PERFORMANCE SPACE


930-1130am SlammED! QLD Final 2017
Free event co-presented by the State Library of Queensland
After heats across South-East Queensland, join MC Simon Kindt as 10 schools slam it out with a feature set by renowned spokenword artist Sierra De Mulder (USA).


12-1pm Puncher & Wattmann Anthology Reading
Free event
Join Editor David Musgrave as he presents readings from poets featured in P&W’s recent Contemporary Poetry Anthology, including Sam Wagan Watson, MTC Cronin, Liam Ferney, Sarah Holland-Batt, Bronwyn Lea, Felicity Plunkett, Kit Kelen, Jennifer Maiden, Toby Fitch and Nathan Shepherdson.

230-330pm The Lyrical Life — An Afternoon with Michael Leunig
Ticketed event $25  BOOK


Join QPF for a special afternoon with Michael Leunig. Hear from Leunig as he discusses his poetry, creativity and the lyrical life. This will be a rare chance to hear Leunig read from his own verse as well as the poetry that has influenced his art. This session will also feature spontaneous live drawing from the man who created the much-loved Mr Curly and many more.


4-5pm Meteorites: Poetry Reading
Free event


Readings by local poet Carmen Leigh Keates, writer and poet Quinn Eades, and acclaimed author and poet Tony Birch.


530-6pm Syllables of Ritual
Free event co-presented by Peril magazine
Performed by Luna Ma Narama and Nithya Iyer, this piece interrogates one of the great unspoken voices: the voice inside. Syllables of Ritual is a poetic exploration of the gestures and language of worship. Beginning with the performers disparate traditions in Indian and European-Australian heritage, the work expands to consider the experience of worship and its cumulative poignancy in contemporary Australia. 


730-930pm Living Artefact: Luka Lesson + Kahl Wallis Concert
Ticketed event $25  BOOK

Australia’s bestselling spokenword / hip-hop artist, Luka Lesson (and band), joins creative forces with multiaward-winning Indigenous artist Kahl Wallis (The Medics) for the Living Artefact single and national tour, with QPF presenting the Brisbane leg. Supported by rising Quandamooka voice Sachem Parkin-Owens and 2016 Queensland Slam Champion Anisa Nandaula.

 

JUDITH WRIGHT CENTRE — SHOPFRONT


10-11am Poetry of Memoir
Ticketed event $15  BOOK

Memoir comes in many forms, including poetry. Sometimes poets write memoirs that transcend form. Join viral poet and bestselling memoirist Patricia Lockwood (USA), author of PriestDaddy, and acclaimed poet and editor Brentley Frazer, author of Scoundrel Days, as they discuss transcending adolescence, religious upbringings, wild tales and how they brought a poet’s eye to their own backstories. Hosted by the Director of the Rock and Roll Writers Festival, Leanne de Souza.


1130am-1230pm In-Conversation: Maxine Beneba Clarke + Tusiata Avia
Ticketed event $15  BOOK

Join prize-winning Australian writer, memoirist and poet of Afro-Caribbean descent, Maxine Beneba Clarke (Carrying the World, The Hate Race), as she reconnects with poet and performer Tusiata Avia, an essential voice in New Zealand and Pasifika literature. These two leading lights discuss their work across mediums and cultures, the poetry of memory and myth, and the power to write beautifully about ugly things.


1-2pm Thomas Shapcott Book Launch: Shastra Deo
Free event
UQP launch Shastra Deo’s stunning debut collection, The Agonist, which won the 2016 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize.


230-330pm Poetics of Home: Place and Identity Panel
Free event co-presented by Queensland Multicultural Month
Join poets Omar Sakr, Ellen van Neerven and Luka Lesson as they discuss the role cultural identity plays in their work and the state of diversity in contemporary Australian poetry. Hosted by Ali Alizadeh.


4-5pm Dog Years: Mark Doty
Ticketed event $15  BOOK

Being human is most likely a much lonelier endeavor than being a dog.’
Mark Doty’s bestselling Dog Years is an intimate poetic memoir interwoven with profound reflections on our feelings for animals and the lessons they teach us about living, love, grief and loss. Join Mark in conversation with Felicity Plunkett as part of his QPFexclusive first Australian visit.


6-7pm Book Launches: Andy Jackson + Ian McBryde
Free event
Two of Melbourne’s finest voices combine forces to launch their new collections: Andy Jackson’s Music our bodies can’t hold (Hunter Publishers) and Ian McBryde’s We the Mapless: New and Selected Poems (Bareknuckle Books). 


830-930pm Cat Show: The Bedroom Philosopher
Ticketed event $20/$15  BOOK

QPF presents comedic jazz-cat The Bedroom Philosopher as he returns to Brisbane for an exclusive QPF purr-formance. He’ll celebrate his back cat-alogue by playing every song that mentions a cat, while dressed as a cat. Enjoy an intimate evening of song and spoken word with this witty meowstro.

 

JUDITH WRIGHT CENTRE — IMA SCREENING ROOM

 

10-11am Poetry in the Minefields
Free event

Poetry in the Minefields is a powerful collection of work by a ‘cultural militia’ of brave Iraqi poets speaking out against violence in their country. The poets perform their work in the most dangerous of locations, in acts of artistic and political resistance. Translated and read live at QPF by poets Haider Catan and Tim Heffernan.

1130am-12pm COUPLET: WrICE Reading
Free event co-presented by RMIT

WrICE contributes to an Asia-Pacific community of writers, bringing together Australian and Asia-Pacific writers each year for face-to-face collaborative residencies. Join WrICE poets Martin Villanueva (Philippines) and Norman Erikson Pasaribu (Indonesia) as they read from their work.

1230-1pm Hera Lindsay Bird Talks
Free event

Join award-winning poet Hera Lindsay Bird (NZ) for a series of mini-lectures covering everything from irony, sentimentality, shock value, writing as woman, breaking pens in half, selling out and Julia Roberts.

130-215pm Here Comes the DIY: Omar Musa
Free event

How do you self-publish poetry? Publicise it? Build an audience? Sell it? Join one-man DIY poetry machine Omar Musa as he talks about creating poetry and a writing career on his own terms. 

245-345pm Talkin’ Up: Poetry Reading
Free event co-presented by ATSICHS

Readings by Kerry Loughrey, Kalkadoon and Pitta Pitta elder Theresa Creed, and academic and poet Kit Kelen.

4-5pm The Day is Here: Poetry + Spoken Word
Free event

Readings from emerging local talent Haleema, Writing Through Fences founder Janet Galbraith, Canadian poet and performer Talya Rubin plus short video poems by Maria Vella.

6-7pm Poet vs Pageant
Ticketed event $12  BOOK

Poet vs Pageant is a contemporary take on the epic poem that pits a perpetual outsider against the glittery end of the pop-culture spectrum to see who comes out on top. This show is dynamic, vibrant, funny and clever, and will appeal to word-lovers and adventure-takers alike. Miss Congeniality meets the Odyssey a hero’s journey full of blood, sweat and tans. Written and performed by Telia Nevile.

730-830pm Your Heart Looks Like a Vagina
Ticketed event $12  BOOK

A one-man show by renowned NZ spokenword artist and writer Dominic ‘Tourettes’ Hoey. This event combines poetry, comedy and theatre to tell Dominic’s reallife journey from developing Ankylosing Spondylitis (a rare form of arthritis) and being bedridden to eventually reclaiming his life (its heaps funnier than it sounds).

 

BLOODHOUND BAR

 

12-5pm QPF2017 Publishers & Zine Fair
Free event

We’re hosting the inaugural QPF Publishers & Zine Fair as part of this year’s festival. This event is a celebration of small press, independent and DIY zine-making, and showcases alternative, experimental and emerging poetry zines, prints and comics, with DJ Zaziz live on the decks. Pop in for a look.

10 pm-late QPF Queer Literary Salon
Ticketed event $15  BOOK

Stay up late for QPF’s Queer Literary Salon, a sublime celebration of diverse and daring voices ready to take you deep into the heart of Saturday night’s fever. Join MC Ruth Gardner and a glittering line-up of poetry, prose, music and more, featuring Quinn EadesOmar SakrAdele Pickvance, Ellen van NeervenEleanor Jackson, Courtney Sina Meredith, Jackie Ryan, Betsy TurcotOfa Fanaika, Jarad Bruinstroop and Torrey Atkin.

 

 Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre (BEMAC)

 

Writing Through Fences (WTF) is a writing group made up of people who are, or have been, incarcerated within Australias immigration detention regime, along with a small number of writers who are resident in Australia. 

1-2pm Through the Moon: Performance
Free event co-presented by Queensland Multicultural Month

Four WTF members living in the Australian community present a poetic conversation. This work is based around the way in which poetry has been a life-giving source of personal connection, and at times disconnection, during time spent in immigration detention and upon release. WTF members have a saying with which they sign off each evening: ‘Love through the moon’. Poetry, video and song are presented in Somali, Farsi and Arabic with English translations woven in. Featuring Hani Abdile, Juan Garrido Salgado, Ahmad Aeinjamshid and Janet Galbraith.

230-330pm Poetry and Displacement: Panel
Free event co-presented by Queensland Multicultural Month

This panel explores experiences of displacement and poetry. Many WTF members have experienced poetry as an essential act of creation within a system that works towards disintegration. Some of our members have also experienced the effects of incarceration and displacement as that which fractures, challenges and at times erases their ability to write and create. Featuring Hani Abdile, Juan Garrido Salgado, Ahmad Aeinjamshid and Janet Galbraith.

 

Brisbane Square Library

 

1-2pm Writing Poetry for Kids
Free event co-presented by Brisbane Square Library

Are you thinking of becoming a children’s poet? Are you already a children’s poet looking for a way forward in your journey? What can poetry do for children? Join poets Sally Murphy, Dr June Perkins and JR Poulter in conversation with Dr Virginia Lowe.

2-230pm Children’s Poetry Reading
Free event co-presented by Brisbane Square Library

Bring your children to this poetry reading for the young (and young at heart), featuring children’s poets Sally Murphy, Dr June Perkins and JR Poulter.

 

Zamia Theatre (Mount Tambourine)

 

2-4pm Travelled Tongues
Free event 

Travelled Tongues, presenting poetry of diverse generations, the locality of Tamborine Mountain & the cultures within the Scenic Rim area and their history both past & present in a stunning 100 year old theatre in beautiful Tamborine Mountain. 

 

Wynnum Library

 

11am-12pm Kings with Empty Pockets: Poetry Reading
Free event co-presented by Wynnum Library

Readings from award-winning poet Christopher Tse (NZ), poet and author Dominic Hoey aka Tourettes (NZ) and legendary storyteller and poet Uncle Herb Wharton.

JUDITH WRIGHT CENTRE — PERFORMANCE SPACE

 

1130am-1230pm Each Map of Scars
Ticketed event $15  BOOK

Each Map of Scars is a collaboration between acclaimed poet Andy Jackson, artist/performer Rachael Wenona Guy and videographer/animator Leonie Van Eyk. Based on three poems, this moving and thought-provoking triptych of short performance works brings audiences into an intimate encounter with bodily diversity and human vulnerability. Each Map of Scars incorporates poetry, puppetry, stop-motion animation, film, photography and sound. 

130-230pm Borrowed Verse 
Free event co-presented by ATSICHS

Borrowed Verse is a project bringing songwriters and poets together to create exciting new works that extend the traditional boundaries of poetry and music. This session features Graham Akhurst with Nausicaa, Uncle Herb Wharton with Ben Salter plus an opening set by Skye Staniford (We All Want To).

3-4pm Conversion: Poetry Reading
Free event co-presented by QUT Creative Industries

Readings by award-winning contemporary poets Caitlin Maling, Christopher Tse (NZ) and Bella Li.

430-530pm Viral Verse
Ticketed event $15  BOOK

Fusing writing, technology and pop culture, a new generation is taking poetry beyond the bookstore. Join three leading lights of the online and social media poetry revolution as they read for you live beyond the screen: Button Poetry’s Co-Founder Sierra De Mulder (USA), award-winning and bestselling NZ poet Hera Lindsay Bird, and acclaimed USA author Patricia Lockwood, dubbed ‘the poet Laureate of Twitter’.

6-8pm Australian Poetry Slam — QLD Final
Ticketed event $25  BOOK
Co-presented by the State Library of Queensland


Twenty finalists from round the state slam off at the big one, which also features a spokenword set by award-winning spokenword artist Bill Moran aka Good Ghost Bill (USA). Hosted by the Queen of Slam, Adam Hadley.

 

JUDITH WRIGHT CENTRE — SHOPFRONT

 

10-11am Jennifer Maiden In-Conversation
Free event co-presented by QUT Creative Industries

Join award-winning poet and writer Jennifer Maiden in conversation with QUT’s Sarah Holland-Batt.

1130-1230 pm Shorts: Poets in Prose
Free event

Five poets who work across forms read excerpts from their latest prose releases. Featuring Dominic Hoey (NZ), Michelle Cahill, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Tony Birch and 2017 Arts Queensland Poet in Residence Courtney Sina Meredith (NZ).

1245-1.30pm The Green Bell: Paula Keogh
Free event

The Green Bell is a lyrical and profoundly moving story about love, poetry and madness. Paula Keogh met Michael Dransfield, one of the most gifted poets of his generation, while they were both in a psychiatric unit in Canberra in 1972, and they instantly fell in love. Join Paula in conversation with Susan Bradley Smith as she talks about this memoir, described as ‘a hymn to life.

2-3pm Word + Image: Panel
Free event co-presented by Australian Poetry

Poetry is more of a visual form than most might think. In Word & Image, Vernon Ah Kee, Tamryn Bennett and Bella Li — poets and artists who work ekphrastically with language, collage and canvas — show and perform their work, and discuss the crossovers between poetry and the visual arts with Toby Fitch

330-430pm These Wild Houses: Poetry Reading
Free event

Readings by three of the most exciting emerging and established voices from across Australia. Featuring Omar Sakr, Tusiata Avia and Ali Alizadeh.

5-6pm Writing to the Wire
Free event

Writing to the Wire is a collection of poems by Australians and people seeking refuge who would like to be Australians. Join editor Kit Kelen as he presents readings from poets featured in the anthology, including Bella Li, Ali Alizadeh, Sam Wagan Watson, Hani Abdile, Janet Galbraith, Angela Gardner and Michelle Cahill.

730-8pm What is a Poem Worth?
Free event

What is a Poem Worth? is poet Kerry Loughrey’s performative report of research findings. It is a stanzaic set of symbolic moments and uses direct reporting of poetry value from the Melbourne poetry community and the author’s own responses to produce a multi-voiced reading of results. Driven by the rhythmic insistence of Whitman, Ginsberg and Australian bush balladry, it explores the human experience of access to value, to being of value. It is more poem than play, more play than recitation. It celebrates the call of the page, the voice of poetry, the sounds of answers. For QPF2017, the work has been adapted for two players in its Queensland debut.

 

JUDITH WRIGHT CENTRE — IMA SCREENING ROOM

 

10-11am QPF New Voices
Free event

Come and hear six of Queensland’s most exciting new voices: Vivienne Mohan, Grace Lucas-Pennington, Nic Addenbrooke, Rae White, Nick van Buuren and 2016 SlammED! winner Lucy Cottier.

1130am-12pm Writing Through Fences: Short Films
Free event

Writing Through Fences Janet Galbraith presents short poetic films based on several detainees experiences on Manus Island, plus visuals representation of displacement. 

1230-1pm Concrete Poetry Reading
Free event

Join Toby Fitch and Canada’s Christian Bök as they play with traditional audience notions of form and recital, delivering live readings of their visual poetry 

130-2pm Peril Launch: I Can’t Speak to You
Free event

I Can’t Speak to You is a new digital publication by Peril magazine, featuring artists from QPF2017 with a relationship to Asia and Australia showcasing their relationship with the spoken/unspoken/unspeakable nature of communication across cultures. This special launch and listening party is hosted by Photodust’s Sudeep Lingameni.

230-330pm Losing the Plot: Poetry and Mental Health
Free event

This panel explores how mental health informs writing, the fine line between poetry and psychosis, and the power of reclaiming language from institutions. Songwriter, author (and closet poet) Justin Heazlewood aka The Bedroom Philosopher, memoirist Paula Keogh and local poet Anna Jacobson join QPF Co-Director David Stavanger to discuss the page and the pill. 

4-430pm Bankstown Poetry Slam Showcase
Free event co-presented by Bankstown Poetry Slam

Bankstown Poetry Slam has become known for being the biggest (and most welcoming) poetry slam in the country. Come and see the top three from their 2016 Grand Slam perform a group piece as well individual work. Featuring Layla Mkhayber, Alice Tame and Mark Sims. 

5-530pm Off the Map: Poetry Reading

Free event

Join Caitlin Maling and Susan Bradley Smith for an intimate poetry reading.

6-8pm Iron Moon: Film
Free event

‘I swallowed an iron moon / they called it a screw
A free screening of this ground-breaking documentary film, which follows the lives and poetry of workers behind the rise of Chinese manufacturing. The fates of six worker-poets are interwoven into a moving story about the charms of poetry, the power of the workers and the challenges of this moment in history.

 

JUDITH WRIGHT CENTRE — FORECOURT

 

10-11am Yarn Time with Uncle Herb
Free event co-presented by ATSICHS

Grab a hot drink and join longtime writer, poet and storyteller Uncle Herb Wharton outside in the JWC forecourt for Yarn Time with one of Queensland’s living legends.

 

BLOODHOUND BAR

 

830pm-late QPF2017 Closing Party
Ticketed event $10, tickets on the door only

As QPF2017 draws to an end, come and make sure the dawn is close at hand with our closing party host, comedian-poet Telia Neville, plus special guest sets by electronic trash trio The Architects of Sound and The Bedroom Philosopher. Add fine whiskey and DJ Zaziz on the decks, and school’s out forever.

 

Brisbane Square Library

 

1030am-1230pm Voices of Colour: Multilingual Slam

Voices of Colour create an environment where young people and emerging voices who identify themselves as people of colour or First Nations people can share their stories and poetry through spoken word. This time, they join with QPF to deliver Brisbane’s first ever Multilingual Slam, where all are welcome to get up and perform a two-minute piece in their mother tongue. Anyone can enter and all languages are welcome. Featuring sets by Laurie May and Hani Abdile.

 

IPSWICH Satellite Events 

 

2-5pm Screaming Into Silence: Words from West Papua


Free event co-presented with LeftWest (Equality Art Revolution)

Poetry and song from West Papuan activists and residents is read and performed as part of this special event that provides an opportunity for West Papuan activist poetry to be heard, and that raises awareness (and donations) for the Free West Papua movement highlighting humanrights abuses. 

6-8pm Australian Dream Re-Launch: Mohsen Soltany Zand + Saba Vasefi

Studio 188, 188 Brisbane St, Ipswich
Free event co-presented by Ipswich Libraries & Studio 188

Mohsen Soltany Zand collaborates in live performance with DATSON, the electronica project of Geoffrey Datson and Annette Hughes, in relaunching his album Australian Dream. On a range of handmade, electronically affected instruments, they create a sound field of Iranian-voiced, velvet-underground English folk into which Mohsen patterns his words. Saba Vasefi is a poet and award-winning human rights’ activist who will be joined on stage by accomplished young vocalist and celloist Minerva Khodabande.