SpeedPoets rolls back into its new home, Brew (Lower Burnett Lane, Brisbane City) this Sunday. Alongside the delightful Mardi Lumsden, who will be strapping on her acoustic guitar and lighting up the room with her songs, we are also thrilled to have Phillip Ellis bringing his words with him from just across the border for the very first time.
Phillip is a freelance critic and scholar, and his poetry collection, The Flayed Man, has been published by Gothic Press; Gothic Press will also edit a collection of essays on Ramsey Campbell, that he is editing with Gary William Crawford. Phillip is working on another collection, to appear through Diminuendo Press. Another collection has been accepted by Hippocampus Press, which has also published his concordance to the poetry of Donald Wandrei. He is the editor of Australian Reader, Melaleuca, and Breaking Light Poetry Magazine.
Here’s a recent poem from Phillip:
When the waves break, upon the boulders
under the point, the clouds from the east
they have called towards the land form
a resistless sea of darkness, covering
the ocean, the shore, the land to the mountains
that will claw all the rain from them, rain left
after the storm has clawed the coast
a miniscule moment towards the ocean.
Yet Point Danger faces the ocean,
its flanks dazzle-wet in the light
of late evening, that fades to a night
of clouded stars, and inclement drizzle
that ripples on light, and washes down
the lengths of windows shut to the darkness.
And as always, there will be live sounds from Sheish Money, raffles & giveaways + Brisbane’s hottest Open Mic Section, so make sure you are there to make the mic sing with your words!
Date: Sunday June 5
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Place: Brew, Lower Burnett Lane, Brisbane City (
Entry: Gold Coin Donation
The venue has a strict capacity of 60 people, so make sure you are there early to get your seat in the room!