Have you got your tickets to the Queensland Poetry Festival?
In 2015 QPF’s annual three-day festival will run at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts Friday 28 – Sunday 30 August. It is a highlight of Australia’s literary calendar & the most exciting poetry festival in the country.
I think the theme for this year’s festival, “Language is a Virus”, is inspired.
Each year this festival goes from strength to strength. And, it has become somewhat of an annual gathering for a group of my friends and I.
We all meet up at the festival opening ceremony where the winners of the annual poetry awards are announced. This year that session is aptly named ‘One Crowded Hour’ and will feature guests Elisa Biagini and Tessa Leon and be MC’d by Annie Te Whiu & David Stavanger.
And then, we get a quick a bite to eat across the road before heading into the theatre (via the bar) to enjoy the opening night gala – this year called WALKING ON A DREAM:
Watch poetry defy gravity with electronic wordsmith Michael Farrell, sonic explorer Seja, space junk priestess Kate Durbin (US), Vulcana Circus with Ali Cobby Eckermann, time traveller Quan (Regurgitator) in solo flight mode, spoken word moonwalker C.R. Avery (Canada) and your MC co-pilots Fanciful Fiction Auxiliary [Judith Wright Centre Theatre, 7.30pm – 10.00pm, Tickets from $18 – $25]
Each year we never fail to be moved or shocked, inspired and entertained.
Did you know that over 80% of QPF’s sessions are free, and feature poets of all forms from right around the globe. This year there are a raft of Satellite Events in the week of the festival also.
There are a plethora of artists featured over the weekend, including names like Angela Meyer, Clive Palmer (yes, he writes poetry), Damian Cowell, Felicity Plunkett, Krissy Kneen, Justin Stephenson, Les Murray, Lionel Fogarty, Omar Musa, Rebecca Jessen, Ryan Van Winkle, Sarah Holland-Batt and many more.
See the full program HERE and get involved!