How to end the poetry year with a bang!

Last night I was absolutely privileged to be in attendance at the first Raw Poet Roar! event, featuring a cross section of Brisbane’s finest spoken word poets and artists. The twinkling fairy lights in the back garden of West End gallery The Box, provided the perfect setting for what would be an explosion of words – shouted, whispered, roared, sung and savoured.

It was great to be there to support Brisbane scene stalwarts and good friends John Koenig, Trudie Murrell and Vuong Pham as they took their turns at the mic and also to hear some new Brisbane voices. Hosted by Fern Thompsett and masterminded by Scott Sneddon (aka Darkwing Dubs) it was the perfect way to say goodbye to the 2012 poetry year. We were treated to such gems as a 30 minute set from Darkwing himself, a re-telling of Michael Cohen’s classic Sausage Roll homage and the power and passion of Martin Ingle and Josh Donellan’s words.

All this action fittingly occurring under the watchful gaze of Brisbane’s godfathers of the contemporary poetry scene – Graham Nunn and David Stavanger, who graced the venue via giant posters. Guests were invited to pin the nuns on Graham or pin the mouths on Ghostboy – with many taking on the challenge.

It is sad to close the door on 2012 but what a way to go out! Bring on 2013!


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