QPF’s Indigenous Poet-in-Residence Program acknowledges the traditional owners of the land the festival is held on and the rich oral storytelling traditions of Australia’s first poets, as well as showcasing the new wave of contemporary Aboriginal poets. The Indigenous Poet-in-Residence Program resumes in 2021.
The 2019 Indigenous Poet in Residence was Jim Everett-puralia meenamatta, a deeply renowned mentor, activist, poet and master storyteller. He is heading from Tasmania to Queensland in August to treat us to stories, workshops, readings and his world-class laugh. His full program of events is out in July. In the meantime, here are some words from the man himself:
“Aboriginal knowledge maintenance is empowering and necessary for our future generations, our stories and poetry, our cultural expressions. All of these and more are the strong points for knowledge security. With this in mind, I am excited and passionate about playing a part in the Queensland Poetry Festival and looking forward to meeting local Aboriginal people and the broader community.”
Each year QPF invites one international poet and one Indigenous Australian poet to the prestigious positions of international and Indigenous poets in residence respectively. Recent Indigenous poets in residence include Alison Whittaker and Ali Cobby Eckermann.
The poet-in-residence program is designed in consultation with artists and community, and works to increase appreciation of poetry through partnerships with Queensland’s flagship and community festivals and events. Our Poets in Residence develop the profile of poetry, showcase new work and inspire innovation in the art form.
This program is proudly supported by Brian Tucker Accounting.