The second event in the Riverbend Poetry Series is edging closer and it is another stellar line up of poets that will light up the Riverbend Deck on Tuesday April 19. Taking the stage on the night will be David ‘Ghostboy’ Stavanger, Julie Beveridge, Max Ryan and emerging Brisbane poet, Vanessa Page.
Vanessa is a frequent reader at Brisbane’s SpeedPoets events and has been a feature poet at 2010’s Poetry Author Month readings at Avid Reader bookstore in West End.
Her work has been published at kipple, the bluepepper, SpeedPoets zine and in the 2010 Central Coast Poets Inc Anthology. She won the USQ Poetry Prize in 2010 and in 2009 was runner up at the Ipswich International Poetry Feast.
Vanessa will be reading from Memory Bone on the night, so if you are yet to have the pleasure here is a poem by Vanessa to introduce you to her words.
We are kiss curls wet under
paper crowns, sun licked noses over
seersucker cloth, and milk teeth
nibbling corners off white Christmas
Skin poached by December and
hands burnt blue in the mouths of
concrete laundry tubs, fishing
for the last creaming soda
In bullet heat, the fig tree is
a tangle of arms and legs and
skinny tinsel is threaded loose
through may bush spindles
We are barefoot over bindii eyes,
blurs melted into photo paper
squares, lips smiling over icy pole
slicks and fossilised in tangerine
We carve our initials deep into
asbestos cement off-cuts for
safekeeping, and bury them with
memories under the mulberry tree.
Full details of the event are:
Tuesday April 19
Queensland Poetry Festival, QLD Writers Centre & Riverbend Books are proud to present the second event in the Riverbend Poetry Series for 2011. The April event features one of Brisbane’s finest new voices, Vanessa Page, reading from her debut collection, Memory Bone, the wildly wonderful, David Stavanger (And the Ringmaster Said), lover of all things rock’n'roll, Julie Beveridge (Home is Where the Heartache is) and Max Ryan, who’s latest collection Before the Night won the inaugural Picaro Poetry Prize.
Date: Tuesday 19 April
Location: Riverbend Books, 193 Oxford St. Bulimba
Time: Doors open for the event at 6pm for a 6:30pm start
Tickets: $10 available through Riverbend Books and include sushi and complimentary wine. To purchase tickets, call Riverbend Books on (07) 3899 8555 or book online at
These events are always hugely popular, so book early to avoid disappointment!