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Change of Date for SpeedPoets in 2012

After 10 years of holding down the first Sunday of the month slot in Brisbane, SpeedPoets will now be held on the first Saturday of the month, with the first gig to be held on Saturday March 3 at our new home, Brew (Lower Burnett Lane, Brisbane City).

And that’s not the only change…

Brisbane’s longest running Open Mic will heat up with the introduction of the Call Back Poet Section. The Call Back Poet will be selected by the monthly features and given the opportunity to perform a mini-feature to close the event (3-4 poems) as well as win the right to perform at the last gig of 2012 and be in the running for cash prizes and the title SpeedPoets Open Mic Champion for 2012. So instead of just packing one or two poems in your pocket, make sure you come prepared… you may just be Called Back!

To celebrate the new year, SpeedPoets welcomes back one of their favourite sons, mr oCean, who has spent the last few years in Berlin immersing himself in all things poetry and music. Featuring alongside mr oCean will be Victorian poet and recent winner of the Wenlock Festival Poetry Prize, Ross Donlon. There will also be the regular free zines, raffles and roaring guitar of Sheish Money… 2012 is going to be a big year, so make sure you are there to see it start with a BANG!


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SpeedPoets gets sexy in November

That’s right good people, on Sunday November 6, SpeedPoets wrap up their massive 10th year of gigs, with a feature set from the all shaking, all shimmying The Stress of Leisure. Fresh off a month long residency at The Powerhouse and with their spanking new 7″ vinyl single, Sex Times hot off the press, these guys are ready to explode. Here’s a taste of the band getting sexy at one of their recent Powerhouse shows:

With its reverb drenched chords and quirky keys, this should be blaring out of the windows of every car this Summer!

Joining The Stress of Leisure will be two local poets, Andrew Phillips and Michael Cohen, both performing their debut feature sets. And of course, there will be plenty of Open Mic action and the growling sounds of resident riff maker, Sheish Money.

So make sure you are there as the SpeedPoets cruise ship comes in to dock one last time in 2011. It’s going to be a long hot summer!

What: SpeedPoets final gig for 2011, featuring The Stress of Leisure, Andrew Phillips & Michael Cohen
When: 2pm – 5pm, Sunday November 6
Where: Brew, Lower Burnett Lane, Brisbane City
Entry: Gold Coin Donation

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SpeedPoets October Feature: Rachael Briggs

One of the features at the October gig is recent recipient of the 2011 Arts QLD Val Vallis Award for an Unpublished Poem, Rachael Briggs.

Rachael was born in upstate New York (the part with cows, not the part with skyscrapers) but is now a proud Australian who lives in West End.  She uses poetry as a way to unwind from her day job writing philosophy (which involves more squiggly symbols than you might expect). She has not yet discovered the meaning of life.

Here is a recent poem from Rachael:

Evening Falls over Fig Tree Pocket

Cockatoo flock squawks!
The pillow sky bursts, spilling
white and gold feathers.

Fruit bat night swoops in,
sucks blue from the horizon,
spits out a pale pulp.

Lorikeet sunset
pokes its orange beak between
callistemon clouds.

Fat brushtail tiptoes
down electric wires, hissing
needle-tooth static.


SpeedPoets will also feature multi-award winning QLD poet, Nathan Shepherdson and one of Brisbane’s true musical innovators, Leighton Craig. And to make it that little bit extra special, Nathan and Leighton will be joining forces in a one-off collaboration just for you, the SpeedPoets audience!

There will also be the regular rumblings of SpeedPoets engine, Sheish Money and your chance to hit the stage in Brisbane’s hottest Open Mic Section.

Don’t miss it!

Where: Brew, Lower Burnett Lane, Brisbane City
Date: Sunday October 2
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Entry: Gold Coin Donation


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The SpeedPoets Open Mic Champion For 2011 Is…

Vanessa Page!

Congrats to all who got up and let their poems do the talking on Sunday September 4, with an extra special shout out to the six poets who, along with Vanessa, gave it their all in the finals round – Sally Ross, Cindy Keong, Nick Powell, Joe Sri (3rd place) and Michael Cohen (2nd place).

Here’s the elegantly simple poem Vanessa read int he final round and a photo (courtesy of Cindy Keong) of our September feature, one of Melbourne’s finest, Matt Hetherington.

Gone #2

I travel north
to be in the places
where you have been

drinking alone in the surf club

lying awake, listening to the
ocean making conversation

missing you
missing you
missing you

Don’t miss the next SpeedPoets gig on Sunday October 2… features will be announced here soon.

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SpeedPoets Open Mic Championships – Sunday September 4

SpeedPoets keeps the poetry flame lit post-QLD Poetry Festival, with their annual Open Mic Championships and feature sets from Melbourne spiritualist, Matt Hetherington and our very own guitar-slinging-poet, Sheish Money.

This is the 7th year of the SpeedPoets Open Mic Championships. Previous winners include Suzanne Jones, Nerissa Rowan & Benna Zennabomb.

The rules of the Open Mic Championships are simple:

1. Sign on will commence at 2:15pm sharp.

2. There will be a maximum of 25 performance slots available on the day

3. Once these slots are filled sign on will close

4. If there are more than 25 people at the venue ready to sign on at 2:15pm, all names will be placed in a fish bowl draw.

5. In the first round, each poet will read one original poem

6. Poems should be no longer than 3min in duration

7. The judges will then select 6 poets to read a second original poem in a final round

8. From the final round, three place winners will be selected

9. First Prize is $100, Second Prize is $50 and Third Prize is $25

10. The three runners-up from the final round will be awarded a book prize

* Judges’ decisions on the day will be final and no correspondence / discussion will be entered into.


This is always one of the gigs of the year, so make sure you are there to mix it up behind the mic or just watch the poetic sparks fly.

Date: Sunday September 4
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!

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SpeedPoets July Feature: Santo Cazzati

SpeedPoets has made itself at home at Brew and are looking forward to powering ahead with a massive July event. For those of you out there who have not yet been to the new venue, Brew is located in lower Burnett Lane (between the 7-11 and the Duty Free store on Albert Street just after you cross the Queen Street Mall heading toward Adelaide St. View a map here: and is one of Brisbane’s exciting new venues.

In July, Brisbane will be treated to the whirling spoken word stylings of Melbourne’s Santo Cazzati. Santo was a massive hit at the 2009 QLD Poetry Festival and must be seen to be believed. In fact, do yourself a favour and check out this performance:

 Santo will perform two 15 min sets, so make sure you are there to catch one of this country’s most innovative performers.

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 your mark on the mic.

Date: Sunday July 3
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Place: Brew, Lower Burnett Lane, Brisbane City (
Entry: Gold Coin Donation

And don’t forget, the venue has a strict capacity of 60 people, so make sure you are there early to get your seat in the room!

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SpeedPoets June Feature #2: Phillip Ellis

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:

Point Danger

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!


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