Once a month the art and magic of the written word is transformed into the spoken and shared word at the Poetic Happenings held by the Kurilpa Poets in West End. Set in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere with poets, thinkers and creative minds, it is a lyrical afternoon filled with eloquent poetry and performing artists.

The latest gathering was held at the West End Community House on Sunday 31 May themed “Mad maids & muses”, focusing this month on the femme side of poetry with words of wisdom and wit. Among the Kurilpa poets performing their latest pieces of poetry were Fiona Privitera, Sophie Tarrant, Theresa Tracey-Creed, Judith Light, Sue Fihelly and Linda Loop.

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The afternoon was filled with the beautiful sounds and voices of local musicians Phoebe, Neil and Rainer. Also an open mic-session gave attendants the opportunity to recite their thoughts and poetry. Some were even freshly written during the break, in which people enjoyed a chat over cake, antipasto, tea and coffee.

The Kurilpa Poets are led by legendary poet and writer Reverend Hellfire, who is heading to the Austin International Poetry Festival to recite his work in 2016. Reverend is the president of the Kurilpa Poets and the Kurilpa Institute of Creativity Inc. (KICI). KICI is a not for profit community-based organisation aiming to promote poetry, art, performance and creative endeavours of all kinds.

“We try to create a platform to express poetry in our area here in West End, and we as the Kurilpa Poets welcome every creative mind interested in the written word to our events,” said Reverend.

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Judith Light, a Kurilpa Poets member, came all the way up from Lismore to enjoy a poetic afternoon. “I enjoy the most to share my poetry with others, to have my words heard and also to listen to my fellow poets thoughts, it is a wonderful event in a great atmosphere,” she said.

For Theresa Tracey-Creed, an indigenous Australian, the Kurilpa Poets offer a creative stage to share her thoughts as well as a lot of her poetic work helps others to understand the difficulty of the reconciliation process. “For myself the poetic expression helps me, poetry helps me with the healing process,” she said. During the afternoon Theresa performed “Let it be” by the Beatles on her ukulele and asked everyone to join in to sing along, bonding fellow poets and thinkers.

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MC Linda Loop acknowledges how beneficial the afternoon is to all, “to share our poetry and reflect upon each others thoughts and world, which might make it easier to get back out there again.”

Local poet Paul Milo first launched the Kurilpa Poets in 2006. As Kurilpa is the local Aboriginal name for the South Bank/West End area and means place of water rats, the Kurilpa Poets are proud to have the water rat adopted as their totem in honour and acknowledgment of the original guardians of the Kurilpa area.

The Poetic Happenings are held every last Sunday of the month, with this months’ event coming up on Sunday 28th June, returning to the Kurilpa Poets “Home”, which is the Old Croquet Club on the corner of Musgrave Park in West End.
Words by Jessica Schremmer | Images by Tomas Walker