Throw open your calendars and clear the decks for this Friday evening – 5:30pm to 6:30pm – as it’s one of those all too rare occasions that sees Sheish Money and I team up for an extended feature set. And what makes it even more special is Sheish and I, will be joined by Moveable Feast members, Giselle Sheehy and Chris Churchus, to make the library shake a little!
The thought of playing with this mighty 3-piece in a library on a Friday night has got me itching; I can’t wait for the band to let their swaggering riffs fill the room and to let my words find the spaces between it all. And as we like to keep things spontaneous, each gig feels like walking a tightrope; though I have to say, there is no better safety net than the fullness of Sheish’s guitar roar.
Joining us on Friday will be madcap sketch comedy group, The Sexy Detectives. With each of us will playing three 8-10 min spots, there’s bound to be some lively interplay.
So come along and watch how Sheish and co. turn my words into gold; find out how far The Sexy Detectives can stretch your smile; and help those library walls shake a little. It’s Friday, and we couldn’t think of any place better to invite you!
Alchemy feat. Graham Nunn + Moveable Feast and The Sexy Detectives
Brisbane Square Library (266 George St)
5:30pm – 6:30pm
Entry is Free
That’s right, this Lost Shark will be hitting the microphone at Brisbane Square Library’s monthly poetry & burlesque event, Fresh, this Friday, May 18. In the month of May, Fresh presents: Liberté, égalité, fraternité , so I will be busting out a couple of poems from two revolutionary French poets, Arthur Rimbaud & Andre Breton. And as French is the universal ‘language of love’, I will also be debuting a selection of love poems that will be in my forthcoming collection, The First 30 & other poems.
Also on the bill is Miss Burlesque Brisbane 2011, Coppelia Jane and The Scoundrelles. The whole shebang is bawdily MC’d by Frankie V, so pack a poem in your pocket and come along. It promises to set your Friday night off to a sparkling start!
What: Fresh presents: Liberté, égalité, fraternité
Where: Brisbane Square Library (266 George St, Brisbane City)
When: 5:30pm – 6:30pm
When was the last time you set foot in your local library? If you have to stop and think, then maybe it’s time you went and checked it out. I am a proud, card-carrying member… always have been and for good reason.
Established in the mid-19th Century, public libraries were seen to be essential to the longevity of democracy. Libraries as purveyors of information, pursued the notion of establishing an educated and enlightened citizenry. And while this has not changed, libraries have become so much more than a repository for books and other printed matter. For me they are a vital civic space, providing the opportunity for anyone to be able to read the paper, check emails, conduct research, or engage in community programs. In a world of increasing social isolation, the library has become a community living room for people of all ages.
Fifty percent of Australians currently access the 1500 public libraries with more than 100 million people accessing these libraries annually (stats gathered in 2007-2008 by Matthew Allen). And while 50% is satisfactory, this is a figure I am sure many would love to see increase. The revamp of how libraries look is something that I think will continue to grow this figure. Just check out some of these incredible library spaces…
Central Library, Vancouver
City Library of Stockholm
Royal Library, El Escorial, Spain
(images taken from the site Most Interesting Libraries of the World)
Who wouldn’t want to spend time in each of these spaces?
And while many of our local libraries are still in need of a face lift, the new(ish) Brisbane Square Library and State Library are stunning spaces. I for one, can’t wait for QLD Writers Centre to move into the State Library next year. I think the new location will completely reshape how they interact with the writing public.
So on this beautiful Sunday, if you are wondering what to do, join the growing number of enlightened citizens and head to your local library… you never know what might be happening!
Brisbane Square Library
State Library of QLD
This Sunday, April 26, Brisbane’s surrealist spoken word ringmaster Ghostboy will gather a few of his f(r)iends together for a stripped down afternoon of poetry and performance at Brisbane Square Library. It’s all happening in the Sound and Vision Lounge on Level One from 12:00pm – 2:15pm as part of the monthly Acoustics on Sunday gigs.
First up in the three prong poetic arsenal is local rhyme-spittin’ genre bender DarkWing Dubs. DarkWing got the room stomping at the last SpeedPoets with his unique blend of sci-fi spoken word & hip hop.
Next up is an up close and personal set from Ghostboy and his muse, the delightful Skye Staniford. Ghostboy’s shows have been known to move people in ways they never knew possible.
Here’s a clip of Ghostboy doing his thing at The Globe Theatre in Brisbane: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7QGczPoJhI
And to round things off, Sheish Money & I will be performing tracks from our forthcoming album ‘The Stillest Hour’. You can listen to a track from the new album here: http://www.pool.org.au/audio/graham_nunn/in_devotion_to_lifes_sordid_affairs
This is bound to be an afternoon of words to excite more than your ears.
Love to see you there…