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August 2017


August 24 - August 28
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QPF2017 has three incredible Poets in Residence this year: the Arts Queensland Poet in Residence role is being shared by two artists (Joy Harjo from the US and Courtney Sina Meredith from NZ), and our Indigenous Poet in Residence is Ali Cobby Eckermann. These three accomplished poets and performers are doing a range of events and workshops as part of QPF this year, and many fall outside the four-day festival itself, so check out the line-up on our website—you'll find Arts Queensland Poet in Residence details here and Indigenous Poet in Residence details here. QPF2017 Poets in Residence Workshops and key events Poets in Residence QPF2017 Workshops and key events

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21st Queensland Poetry Festival

August 24 - August 27
Various venues, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia + Google Map
Queensland Poetry Festival 2017.Left to right - Ali Cobby Eckermann, Omar Musa, Mark Doty, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Sarah Holland-Batt - 980x551px

The 21st Queensland Poetry Festival (QPF) turns up the volume on the finest local and international poetic voices from 24‒27 August at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts and a host of other exciting satellite venues. Featuring 120+ artists in 80+ sessions over four dynamic days and nights, 75% of sessions are free. Building upon over 6000 attendees last year, QPF2017 is the festival’s biggest and most ambitious venture yet. Redefining the poetic artform, the packed line-up includes slam poets, live music, panels, workshops, visual art installations, spoken word, film screenings, performance art, comedy and an inaugural poetry Publishers and Zine Fair. Some QPF2017 features include: Two Poets in Residence: QPF is proud to announce that the 2017 Arts Queensland Poet in Residence will be shared between one of the world’s greatest poets and one of its most exciting new voices: Joy Harjo (USA) and Courtney Sina Meredith (NZ). You can catch both Poets in Residence performing across a number of shows…

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August 27 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm AEST
Bloodhound Corner Bar & Kitchen, 454 Brunswick St
Fortitude Valley, Queensland 4006 Australia
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This workshop is a chance to meet and learn from award-winning poet, writer and researcher, Dr Quinn Eades. The workshop focus will be on writing from (rather than about) life experiences and the body, particularly around gender and sexuality. Quinn will discuss the politics of life writing, and the ways that writing stories from ‘other’ bodies can broaden minds and promote social change. Quinn will share information about his own writing practice, and then set a series of writing exercises, some of them to music. If you haven’t written for a long time, think your story is not important enough to write or have dreamt of writing but never put fingers to keyboard or pen to paper, then this workshop is for you: you will leave with words. Book now! Sunday 27 August, 12–2 pm Bloodhound Corner Bar & Kitchen Tickets: $30

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August 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEST
State Library of Queensland, Stanley Pl
South Brisbane , Queensland 4001 Australia
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For award-winning New Zealand poet Hera Lindsay Bird, the central question/task of poetry is how to make something that feels alive on the page. How do we get to the heart of what we are trying to say, without being overly didactic or too oblique? How do we to approach what we are unable to approach, when we are stuck and overwhelmed, staring at a blank page? Good poetry should guide itself, not be dragged kicking and screaming towards a predestined conclusion. Good poetry allows the poem permission to steer itself. But how, practically, can we achieve this? And how can we take linguistic and formal risks while staying emotionally honest? This workshop is a practical guide to generating new ideas and experimenting with text, but it’s also about how we integrate emotional honesty into our writing practice, and how we can adapt formal exercises to bring us closer to the heart…

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September 2017

Asia What? Melbourne Writers Festival 17

September 1 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm AEST
ACMI The Cube Federation Square, Flinders Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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This FREE EVENT, with no bookings required, asks the questions, what are the 'authentic' stories of Asians and 'Asian-ness'? How are Asian narratives crafted, and as settlers, what are their relationships with Indigenous peoples? Explore these provacations through a day of free discussion, performances, workshops and reflections featuring Bruce Pascoe, Eugenia Flynn, Melanie Cheng, Ra Chapman, Sangeetha Thanapal, Steven Winduo, Shinen Wong and more. Presented in partnership with the Asian Australian Democracy Caucus - AADC. More details here:

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