For those living in Brisbane, Australia that are artistically inclined you are in luck because the 16th annual Queensland Poetry Festival: spoken in one strange word is being held at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts this weekend.
I was lucky enough to attend the opening of the festival last night and was extremely impressed by the talent on display.
Particular mention must go to Chloe Wilson from Victoria, who won the Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award for Unpublished Poetry for her poetry suite “The Heads of Holofernes”. Chloe is definitely a talent to watch out for – her reading was extremely powerful and had the audience captivated.
Congratulations also to the previous winner of the Val Vallis Award, Brisbane-based Rachael Briggs, for winning this years Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize for her manuscript “Cryptids of the Interior”. Another very impressive reading, with a quirky sense of humour that really appealed to me.
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For anyone like me that has appreciated poetry in the written form but never had the opportunity to experience works being performed by their authors, this is an opportunity not to be missed.
There is an impressive local and international line up with most sessions free to attend. Checkout the Queensland Poetry Festival Program at this link.