Ipswich poet and writer Brett Dionysius performs at Tirra Lirra cafe on Bell Street.
Ipswich poet and writer Brett Dionysius performs at Tirra Lirra cafe on Bell Street. Claudia Baxter

Poets perform at emporium

IPSWICH residents can enjoy original poetry readings with their coffee and cake tomorrow, when local wordsmiths perform at the Tirra Lirra Ipswich Emporium.

The new Beeble Poets event is open to aspiring and established poets, with all types of poetry welcome.

Woodend poet Brett Dionysius said he was motivated to return to event organising by the success of other Ipswich arts initiatives.

"I used to organise poetry events all through my twenties and thirties, and I started the Queensland Poetry Festival in 1997," Mr Dionysius said.

"After more than a decade of promoting other people's poetry, I've spent the last decade focusing on my own.

"But now I've been hooked back into organising, and I guess it all started at my book launch at the Swich art space."

Mr Dionysius said it was the efforts of organisers and arts workers such as the Swich's LeAnne Vincent and Gilbert Burgh, as well as the community spirit he noticed while working with a Somerset wildlife conservation group, that made him realise a poetry group would be viable.

"LeAnne's and Gilbert's advocacy for local artists really inspired me and made me see the vibrancy of the local arts scene," Mr Dionysius said.

Tomorrow's set is the second ever Beeble Poets event, and follows the success of last month's debut, which was attended by about 30 people.

"We had eight poets perform last month, which was great considering we had very little advertising," Mr Dionysius said.

"One poet, Cameron, told me he usually travelled to Brisbane to perform and meet up with other poets, so he really appreciated that there was now a local event."

The Beeble Poets perform on the third Sunday of each month from 1pm to 4pm.

LOCAL WRITERS

  • Poet Thomas Shapcott was born and schooled in Ipswich.
  • English-born writer John Birmingham grew up in Ipswich and attended local schools.
  • Brett Dionysius himself has written six poetry collections.


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