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Riverbend 2013 Poetry Series 1

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The Riverbend Poetry Series is set to start off the 2013 series with a bang, featuring graveyard poet Zenobia Frost, poet Anthony Lawrence and some extra special launches – Vanessa Page launching her latest collection Confessional Box and the Choose Your Own Poetry Adventure amplified e-book launch. Come along and let poetry light up the night!


Vanessa Page launching her new collection Confessional Box. Vanessa is a Brisbane-based poet who hails from Toowoomba in Queensland. In 2011 and 2012 she was named runner-up in the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Prize for an unpublished manuscript for The lost art of penning you a love note and Confessional Box. In April 2012 she launched her first micro-collection of poetry Feeding Paper Tigers through Another Lost Shark Press.

Anthony Lawrence has published thirteen books of poems, the most recent being The Welfare of My Enemy (Puncher & Wattmann, 2011) which was shortlisted for the Judith Wright Calanthe Award and the Age Book of the Year Awards. His books and individual poems have won many of Australia’s major poetry awards, and his work has been translated into Italian, German, Japanese and Slovenian. He lives at Casuarina, on the North Coast of NSW, and teaches Reading and Writing Poetry at Griffith University, Gold Coast.

Zenobia Frost is a Brisbane-based poet and critic with a PhD in burning the candle at both ends. In 2012 she was invited to tour with the Queensland Poetry Festival Regional Roadshow; then, in October, she spent a week at Varuna, the Writer’s House, coaxing her debut manuscript into shape. Zen edits with OffStreet Press, Cordite Poetry Review, and Voiceworks Magazine, and she enjoys long walks in graveyards, incisive verse, theatre, and tea.

Choose Your Own Poetry Adventure, a co-production of QPF and if:book Australia, is a journey through the byways and the streets of the Valley. Weaving language into the physical spaces that we walk around daily, these poetic trails combine language and landmarks to showcase Fortitude Valley in a whole new light.

Choose Your Own Poetry Adventure has three poetic journeys created by three Brisbane poets: Julie Beveridge, Carmen Leigh Keates, and Chris Lynch.

The wonderful Brett Dionysius is launching the book at this event, and I will be performing a selection from the book alongside some other very fine poets. You can find out more about the line-up and ticketing by visiting the Riverbend Books website.

*Tuesday 19 February

*6:00pm for 6:30pm

*$10 per ticket. Bar will be open for drink purchases.

*Bookings essential. Sorry, no refunds.

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