China Bull launched

It was a packed house at Riverbend on June 24 for the launch of the Queensland Poetry Festival program for 2014 and also the launch of my collaborative work with John Koenig, China Bull.

China Bull is a project very close to my heart, as it is a poetic re-telling of the true story of my great grandmother Annie Caroline. I had the idea for this piece almost two years ago and it has been wonderful to work and develop the concept into this fine end result. I recruited John Koenig along the way to provide the male voice for the conversation and it all works superbly as a performance piece. A big thanks to Sarah Gory for giving us a great launch opportunity.

Given it was its first public outing, I was relieved that there were no technical glitches, thanks to Sarah Gory and Helen Krsticevic for their technical support, expertise and equipment. We had many great comments from audience members afterwards and numerous requests to see the piece performed again, something that will be happening in two weeks time, when we hit the road and take China Bull to the USQ Bookcase festival in Toowoomba on July 19.

It was also a pleasure to perform alongside Lionel Fogarty, Zenobia Frost and the Bell Divers and it was a great night once again, expertly emceed by Matt Hetherington. Thanks to everyone who braved the chill in the air to sit on the deck at Riverbend and listen to the work of local artists. It means a lot!!

Here’s a few images from the evening (courtesy of the QPF team):

Me and JK performing China Bull

Me and JK performing China Bull

Crowd Riverbend
Zen Frost reads Warsan Shire

Zen Frost reads Warsan Shire

Matt Hetherington performs MC duties

Matt Hetherington performs MC duties


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