Q-POETS
Skye Loneragan

Creator, Skye Loneragan is a critically-acclaimed playwright & performer, most recently Sydney Poetry Prize winner. Her first of six solo shows, Cracked, won an Edinburgh Fringe First and was adapted for ABC Radio National. Q-Poetics has grown from her work within spaces & places of waiting – in Glasgow’s New Victoria Hospital (Making a Map of My Mistakes), & her work in live art and theatre (Plucked of Purpose – the Adventures of P.B, The Line We Draw & A Little Laugh I Lost Somewhere) – again, in UK & Australia. Skye’s published contributions include Melbourne Books (Award Winning Australian Writing 2012), Abridged Magazine, (UK),  Grist Anthology (editor, Simon Armitage) and Sotto (Australian Poetry). She is currently Artistic Director of Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre, making new work collaboratively and inclusively which challenges and inspires with young people.

Stewart Ennis

Stewart has been a writer, performer and photographer for 25 years.  He was a founder member of the acclaimed Benchtours Theatre Co. His work has taken him all over Scotland, Malawi, India, Cuba, USA and throughout mainland Europe. He is a creative writing tutor in Prison and his current show ‘Fantoosh’ is currently playing in Edinburgh to happy holiday-makers  from around the globe.

Tawona Sithole

Tawona is a poet/playwright/musician who enjoys creativity as a way of self expression and making a connection. From a family with a tradition in storytelling and music, his ancestral name, Ganyamatope is a reminder of this rich heritage grounded in humility and the natural outlook to learn. He is co-founder of Seeds of Thought, an arts group dedicated to supporting and facilitating access to the creative arts.

Eleanor Jackson

Eleanor Jackson is a poet, performer, arts producer, and radio announcer. Two-time winner of the Midsumma Poetry Out Loud slam, Eleanor Jackson has featured at many writing festivals around Australia, and is the producer of the Melbourne Poetry Map, a series of audio poetry walks supported by the City of Melbourne. Eleanor curates the spoken word program for the Brisbane Emerging Arts Festival; and is currently the poetry editor for Peril magazine.

Scott Sandwich

Scott Sandwich is a performance poet who tells stories about dates, death and the apocalypse. He envisages a world where academia can live peacefully alongside horrific puns. He was a finalist in the Australia Poetry Slam in 2010, won the 2011 Woodford Slam Competition, and was a finalist at the Nimbin Performance Poetry World Cup in 2011 and 2012. His work has been exhibited around Australia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Africa and Lithuania, and was recently featured in These Arms of Mine for the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

CJ Bowerbird

CJ Bowerbird is a performance poet and the Australian Poetry Slam Champion for 2013. He explores what it is to be human, writing about things we have lost, things we never had and things that are slipping through our fingers. Humour is a key feature of much of CJ’s poetry. He occasionally makes witty social observations but most enjoys making fun of himself. CJ’s poetry has been called ‘earnest’. Others have commented on his ‘deceptively common language’ and ‘musicality’.

Jo Sri

Brisbane writer Jo Sri spends his spare time philosophising about what to do with his spare time. His poetry is often political, frequently confusing and places a strong emphasis on rhythm, internal rhyme and ridiculous hand gestures. In 2012 he won the Queensland Poetry Slam and Woodford Festival’s National Slam and came second in the Australian Poetry Slam. He has just released an EP with his band, Rivermouth. Some people saw his Brisbane Writers Festival performance and said it was good.