Queensland Poetry Festival

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Queensland Poetry Festival seeks your support to showcase Australia’s finest contemporary, Indigenous, and multicultural voices and grow our work in regional areas.

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Queensland Poetry Festival (QPF) adds to Queensland’s cultural life, as a vibrant festival and arts organisation supporting poetry in all its forms.  QPF produces Australia’s flagship poetry festival, bringing together poets, artists, musicians, storytellers and audiences for workshops, readings, performances, panels, talks, installations, music and more.

In addition, QPF supports the development of emerging Australian poets through the Queensland poetry awards and poets-in-residence programs, with an ongoing commitment to Indigenous poetry through our Indigenous Poet-in-Residence program and Oodgeroo Noonuccal Poetry Prize.

Reflecting the diversity of Australian voices, QPF embraces all styles of poetry. Our work underpins a vibrant spoken word culture through the Queensland Poetry Slam and Slammed! schools program, along with our annual schedule of workshops, salons, readings and events for audiences young and old.

Your support will help QPF continue to present true diversity and inclusiveness in the poetic form – helping writers who are often unheard be heard and share stories that we all need to hear.

Through 2018-19 we’re also aiming to grow our program by:

> Supporting regional communities to engage in Festival events through wider programming and digital events

> Expanding our work with students and young people in regional Queensland through an expanded Slammed! schools program

> Providing opportunities for older emerging writers, aged 55 and over, to access professional development though the Emerging Older Poets Mentorship

Your donation of:

$50 – supports an emerging poet read their new work to audiences
$250 – supports a high-profile Australian poet to read their work to Festival audiences
$500 – supports a poetry workshop for up to 25 school children
$1000 – supports the creation of a digital event or masterclass for regional poets and writers
$2000 – supports a mentorship of an emerging Indigenous poet

QPF warmly thanks you for your support, as poetry is truly for all and your donation helps us make sure this continues.

To find out more about QPF, visit queenslandpoetryfestival.com

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Queensland Poetry Festival (QPF) is an independent festival & arts organisation celebrating its 20th year. We exist to support, cultivate, and promote a vibrant poetry and oral storytelling culture in Queensland.

QPF is made up of creative individuals passionate about inspiring, entertaining, challenging, and bringing poetry in all its forms to a wide audience. We work with individuals, artists, schools, multicultural & Indigenous communities, and arts organisations to promote QLD poetry.

QPF embraces and encourages the wide possibility of poetic expression in all of its forms – page poetry, readings, slam, spoken word, performance, music, ekphrastic, collaboration, installation, cross-platform, film, and more. QPF is the finest spoken word festival in the country, an important part of Australia’s literary calendar with an established reputation for excellence and innovation amongst audience, artists and industry worldwide.

With an annual 4-day festival held in the last week in August, QPF also curates & administers satellite events throughout the year including COUPLET salon, Arts Queensland Poetry Awards, Arts Queensland Poet in Residence, Indigenous Poet in Residence, Brisbane Poetry Map, SlammED! and Australian Poetry Slam – QLD.


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