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get thee to a nunnery!

graham-nunn-picAnother poet to watch during the Overload Pub Crawl on Friday September 4th is Queenslander Graham Nunn: chair of Queensland Poetry Festival, founder of Small Change Press and organiser of Speed Poets, Brisbane’s longest running poetry event. Nunn has four poetry collections hanging off his poetry heavyweight belt, including the most recent Ruined Man (2007), and his blog Another Lost Shark is a fertile breeding ground where writers gather to share their thoughts on all things literary. Graham’s just released his first spoken word CD, The Stillest Hour, and will be performing at Overload’s pub crawl at Blue Velvet, the last venue of the evening, accompanied by local Queensland ‘Rock Pig”, Sheish Money. If you’re too far gone to appreciate this poetry giant by then, you can catch his set with Sheish Money at Trades Hall on Saturday (5 September) for Poetic Riffs.

When the Overland Overloaded team chatted to Graham Nunn, talk turned to eerie music and orion:

Who are you?
Another lost shark.
No, who are you, really?
A fisherman, navigating this life by a constellation of words.
What are you doing at the Overload Poetry Festival?
Took a right turn at Orion and …
No, what are you really doing at the Overload Poetry Festival?
Following poetry’s strange music.
Poetry. Why?
Because it’s like holding a bag of snakes.
Are you crazy?
Well, poetry must surely make a man a poet against his better judgement.
Plug your events.
On Friday night Sheish Money and I will provide your poetry night cap, raising the curtain at Blue Velvet, then as Saturday unfolds I will take a walk through Half-Hour Country and help launch the literary ship captained by one of Melbourne’s favourite sons Maurice McNamara, before rejoining poetic riff generator, Sheish Money for a set at the Bella Union Trades Hall.
Plug them some more.
Together Sheish and I have been described as poetry’s answer to the ocean’s call. These will be our first Melbourne shows together, and excitingly we will be debuting tracks from our new CD, The Stillest Hour.
Break it down…
Poetic Riffs…come along, listen, it will make your mind newer.

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Comments

  1. Graham! ‘Ruined Man’ is one of my favourite collections of Australian poetry. I will never forget “When there is nothing to burn, set fire to yourself.” Graham’s poetry will set fire to your brain. Don’t miss it.

  2. Yes, Graham is the king of poetry in Queensland and tireless worker to join poets and other artists together in this sometimes lonely world of writing. Plus he’s an all round good bloke and he likes Bob Dylan!

  3. Can’t wait to meet him tonight, and witness the legendary wordsmithing I’ve heard he can offer! Australian poetry needs more people like Graham.

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