Queensland Poetry Festival 2017

• August 24 – 27 • 

Three Australian Poetry events on the 25th and 27th August.

View the Program  /   Download the Schedule.

Judith Wright Centre – Shopfront

What Even Is Contemporary OZPO? A Panel

Friday, 25th August / 11:30 am – 12:30pm

Free event co-presented by Australian Poetry

What is the state of affairs in contemporary Australian poetry? What is a state? An affair? What is contemporary? What even is poetry?

Join leading poets and editors Sarah Holland-Batt, David Musgrave and Michelle Cahill as they discuss the state of play with chair Toby Fitch.

Judith Wright Centre –  Performance Space

Avant Gaga Reading

Friday, 25th  August / 4:00 – 5:30pm 

Free event co-presented by Australian Poetry


Experience some of the latest experiments in poetry and performance by leading, emerging and unexpected practitioners: Lionel FogartyPascalle BurtonNathan ShepherdsonShastra DeoChloë Callistemon
Stuart Barnes and Vernon Ah Kee. Followed by a half-hour headline performance by Christian Bök showcasing his newest volume of poetry, The Xenotext (Book 1).

Hosted by Toby Fitch.

Judith Wright Centre – Shopfront

Word + Image: Panel

Sunday, 27th August2:00 – 3:00pm 

Free event co-presented by Australian Poetry

Poetry is more of a visual form than most might think. In Word & Image, Vernon Ah Kee, Tamryn Bennett and Bella Li — poets and artists who work ekphrastically with language, collage and canvas — show and perform their work, and discuss the crossovers between poetry and the visual arts with Toby Fitch