Tearing into another poem as the sun lit up the stage
When you’re at The Ekka, you can’t help but smile.
(photography by Cindy Keong)
August is definitely my favourite month of the year. There’s QLD Poetry Festival at the end of the month and starting next week, Brisbane lights up as the Ekka rolls in to town. Working opposite the showgrounds, I have been watching the Ferris Wheel and other rides appear on the skyline during the past fortnight and it has got me bubbling over with excitement. I can already taste that first strawberry sundae…
As always, Sheish Money and I will be hitting the stage to bring a little live poetry to the Ekka, so if you are heading along, make sure you stop by the Heritage Community Stage, where we will be playing from 3:30pm – 4:00pm most days (3:00pm – 3:30pm on August 13 & 14). These gigs are always my favourite of the year… there’s nothing like the boisterous atmosphere of an Ekka crowd to get the heart pumping!
And we will be joined by some very special guests throughout the week, so you just never know who you may see jump up on stage with us!
To top things off, I was told today that a handful of my haiku have been used in an installation in the Ekka’s Dining Room. Here’s some pics:
photography by A. Higgins for ARTISAN
Roll on Thursday August 11… hope to see some of you at the show!
Today is the last day of The Ekka for 2010. Sheish and I played our last show yesterday afternoon and we went off with a bang… the crowd responding with whoops and hollers and people coming to the front of stage at the end of the set to talk and thank us for our performance. This is what I love most about The Ekka… the generosity and kindness it brings out in the human spirit. It really does widen the smile on everyone’s face!
So with a little sadness in this weary heart (8 gigs in a row + a stint drumming for Sheish Money’s band last night at The Step Inn is seriously tiring), I post these pics captured at the 2010 Ekka by Cindy Keong and a few of the haiku she was responding to. Ah yes… another project emerges, so keep your eyes peeled for more news about this later in the year.
the whirling lights
of thrill rides
watching the fireworks
in people’s eyes