Queensland Poetry Festival
Judith Wright Centre
420 Brunswick St
Fri Opening 7.30pm $15
Sat 10-10 Free
Sun 10-7 Free
Lose yourself in a world of poets for a weekend when the Queensland Poetry Festival comes to town with its poetry spoken in one strange word, this year's theme.
Friday's opening night, an extravaganza of heated words aptly titled Tongues of Flame features the Australian rock star of poetry Robert Adamson, jazz infused politically charged African-American poet L.E. Scott, eclectic sonic poet-in-residence a.rawlings and a closing act by award-winning singer-songwriter Holly Throsby.
Saturday and Sunday see an all-day and evening program of free acts, perfect for drifting in and out whenever the mood takes. Of the plethora of acts keeping the stage warm for the rest of the weekend, highlights include: Reading the River – the homegrown voices of Brisbane poets, the Queensland launch of Going Down Swinging feature 'Smashing Sunset', and the QPF filmmaker's challenge showcase.
By night on Saturday at 8pm there's the unmissable 'A Million Bright Things' and up late event 'Pierce The Salty Darkness' with local band Bremen Town Musician followed hotly by Melbourne collective 'Where Were You At Lunch' and poet Max Ryan launching their collaborative album 'Boy City'.
Whether or not you're a poetry fan this is a wonderful event just made for popping in with a coffee and/or a friend and hanging out – a perfect end-of-weeker.
Those who want to get dig deeper can sign up for one of the $40 poetry workshops with featured poets L.E. Scott (Sat – JWCOCA) and Robert Adamson (Fri – SLQ)