Monthly Archives: October 2012

dO yOU WanT woRds?

Stop looking at me funny. This Sunday is the final Speedpoets (open-mic Championship-Of-The-Worl… perhaps Brew bar in brisbane) for the year of 2012. If you’re around bris and want wOrdS then head into Brew (Lower Burnett Lane) from 2:30.

Check out this write-up and poem of mine ‘moment, for a currawong’ – Andrew Phillips over at Another Lost Shark.

Also check out these great poets Marisa Allen , Chloë Callistemon , Carmen Leigh Keates , Nicola Scholes , Cameron Logan , Jo Brooks , and Michael Cohen (where’s Michael???) who are all actually friends but open mic is such a blood sport. There’ll be plenty of other poetry, music, zines, words wordS worDS woRDS wORDS WORDS so I hope to see YOU there. bye



The First 30

Right place – right time. I managed to get my hands on an early copy of ‘The First 30‘ from Graham Nunn. The first thing you notice is the texture and image. The collection is hugged by the cover art (check it out below – if feels even better in your hands), raising expectation as you open pages into Nunn’s world of Brisbane streets, Tweed coastline and the anticipation of baby. Then, Graham lets the reader into hospital space, the family home and much loved and experienced suburban streets.  These are images that remain with you and bring you back asking for more.
I’m ecstatic to announce the launch happening next Sunday afternoon and still pinching myself that Graham is allowing me to be a part of the celebration. I hope to see you there.
Another Lost Shark Publications
invites you to the launch of
The First 30 and other poems
by Graham Nunn 
To be launched by multi-award winning poet Nathan Shepherdson

Date: Sunday October 21
Time: 3pm – 5pm
QLD Writers Centre (Level 2, State Library of QLD)
RSVP: email Graham
by Wednesday October 17

With his enriching sequence The First 30 Graham Nunn continues to mould a place for his own form of optimism. In contemporary poetry the big ticket trio of family, love and innocence have become surprisingly difficult terrain in an ever-knowingworld. Harvesting the thoughts around his firstborn, Nunn approaches this ‘trio’ with natural sincerity underpinned with a hint of undamaged irony – mixing gravity and amazement in the right measure. He builds a shelter of words around the central hearts in his life; leaving enough space to welcome the reader as an intimate witness.

Nathan Shepherdson
To help celebrate the launch of The First 30 and other poems, Graham will be joined by local poets Andrew Phillips (That Zero Year) and  Julie Beveridge (home{sic}).
We look forward to seeing you there!
The First 30 and other poems is now available from the Another Lost Shark Store

Peter Bakowski – Beneath our Armour

I’m thrilled to let you know about this Avid Reader event on Monday night (8th October) where Peter Bakowski will speak about his new collection Beneath our Armour. Three local poets will also be reading their work and I’m lucky enough to be one of them, along with good friends Trudie Murrell and John Koenig. If you’re keen to come along let me know and I might be able to swing you some free tickets. Here are the details:


Join this special salon event to hear Peter speak about Beneath our Armour and hear new poetry from talented emerging Brisbane poets, Andrew Phillips, Trudie Murrell & John Koenig.

Poet Peter Bakowski’s sixth and most recent collection is Beneath our Armour, a book of poems made up of portraits of real people such as Sylvia Plath and Diego Rivera, portraits of imaginary people, and of places and things, such as ‘Portrait of blood’ or ‘Portrait of the colour black’.

Peter Bakowski has been writing poetry for over 25 years and is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Beneath Our Armour. His poems have been translated into Arabic, Bahasa-Indonesian, Bengali, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, and Polish. He has been writer-in-residence in Rome, Paris, Macau, and Suzhou, and at Greenmount (Western Australia), Battery Point (Tasmania), Broken Hill (New SouthWales) and at the Arthur Boyd estate Bundanon (New SouthWales).

Peter’s aim as a poet is to write clear and accessible poems, to use ordinary words to say extraordinary things. His first book, In the Human Night, won the Victorian Premier’s Award for Poetry in 1996 and, most recently, Beneath Our Armour was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Award for Poetry in 2010.

Peter tours relentlessly, giving public and private readings to audiences around Australia. In 2009 he gave over fifty public performances of his poetry. He is a frequent contributor to arts media, including ABC Radio National. He lives with his family in Richmond, Melbourne.

Date: Monday October 8
Where: Avid Reader (193 Boundary St West End, Brisbane QLD)
When: 6pm for a 6:30pm start
Entry: $5
Booking: Avid reader