Queensland Poetry Festival (QPF) is an independent festival and arts organisation. We exist to support, cultivate, and promote a vibrant poetry culture in Queensland. QPF is a community organisation made up of creative individuals passionate about inspiring, entertaining, challenging, and bringing poetry in all its forms to a wide audience. We work with individuals, artists, schools, diverse cultural communities, and arts organisations, to promote Queensland poets and poetry.

QPF embraces and encourages the wide possibility of poetic expression in all of its forms – page poetry, readings, slam, spoken word, performance, music, ekphrastic poetry, collaborations, installations, cross-platform creations, film, and more. QPF is the finest spoken word festival in the country, and an important part of Australia’s annual literary calendar, with an established reputation for excellence and innovation amongst audience, artists and industry worldwide.

With an annual four-day festival  plus satellite events held in the last week in August, QPF also curates and administers the Arts Queensland Poetry Awards, the Arts Queensland Poet in Residence Program, the Indigenous Poet in Residence, the Brisbane Poetry Map, and the Queensland Heats & Final of the Australian Poetry Slam.

QPF partner with various organisations and individuals throughout the year to host a year-long program of launches, workshops, and other events, including the Riverbend Poetry Series and Couplet at Brisbane Square Library which is held on the first Friday every month.



Anne-Marie Te Whiu, Festival Co-Director

Anne-Marie Te Whiu is a Brisbane born and bred cultural producer who has worked for organisations such as Woodford Folk Festival, Zillmere Multicultural Festival, BEMAC, Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts,  Museum of Brisbane and State Library of Queensland over the past twelve years. She is a keen creative-arts collaborator and values the breadth and diversity of talent within her home town which culminated in Anne-Marie creating and directing The Home Festival.

David Stavanger, Festival Co-Director

David Stavanger is a poet, writer, and cultural producer who has been an active part of the Brisbane poetry community for the past ten years. In 2013 he won the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Award, resulting in the release of The Special (UQP), his first full-length collection of poetry which also won The Wesley Michel Wright Prize 2015.  At the 2014 Queensland Literary Awards he was awarded a Queensland Writing Fellowship to develop his next two collections. David is also sometimes known as Green Room-nominated spoken word artist Ghostboy, and established the thriving Queensland poetry slam scene via his program & producer work with the State Library of Queensland and Woodford Folk Festival.

Programming Committee

Matt Hetherington

Matt Hetherington is a writer, teacher, music-maker, DJ, and performer.  He has had his poetry published here and overseas for over 20 years, including in half a dozen Best Australian Poemsanthologies.  He won the Creatrix Haiku Prize for 2014, and his first collection of all-Japanese-related forms [and fourth poetry collection] is ‘For Instance’, published in 2015 by Mulla Mulla Press.  Some current inspirations are: Maurice Blanchot, Diego Maradona, and Frisky Dingo.  He has lived in Canberra, Sydney, and Melbourne, but has chosen to live in South Brisbane.

Bec Jessen

Rebecca Jessen was born in Orange and grew up in Western Sydney. In 2011 she graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. In 2012 Rebecca won the State Library of Queensland Young Writers Award for her short story Gap. In 2013 she won the Queensland Literary Award for Best Emerging Author for the novelization of Gap.

Simon Kindt – SlammED! Project Officer

Simon Kindt is a Brisbane poet & teacher who is working on building a youth spoken-word community in Queensland. In collaboration with Chloe Callistemon, he published the collection air / tide in 2014, he published the verse novella no revelation in 2015 and, along with Bill Moran, is co-author of the recently released wreck / age.



Tina Radburn, Chair

Tina is a government relations and business development specialist with over 25 years working in government and beyond. She has worked across multiple industries, including the creative industries, tourism, biotechnology and life sciences, information and communication technology, in Australia and the Americas. She is passionate about the arts, international development, philanthropy, and the community and has worked with many non-profits and development agencies, including the United Nations.


Gerard Healy, Treasurer

Gerard has been involved in the arts for many years. He performed in a number of plays for the Sunnybank Theatre Company and the Taylor Street Theatre Company. Gerard was Treasurer for the Victorian based Arena Theatre Company and is currently the Treasurer for Clocked Out which is a music ensemble dedicated to contemporary music. Gerard is also the Finance Manager for School of Agriculture and Food Sciences at the University of Queensland.


Anna MacGillivray, Secretary

Anna is a lawyer with more than 20 years experience in national and international commercial firms.  She has extensive experience in legal risk management, particularly working to help lawyers communicate more effectively and practice more efficiently.  She is a sessional academic with the Law Schools at QUT and UQ and is passionate about language and community arts.


Eleanor Jackson, Director

Eleanor is a senior community development manager, with over 15 years of professional experience spanning the legal, university, health and international aid sectors. She has international and in-Australia experience in the areas of maternal and child health, health, HIV, gender, disaster management, sexual and gender based violence, gender and HIV, and gender mainstreaming. An accomplished writer, arts producer and community radio broadcaster, she is interested in the use of creative approaches to community development and support for diverse groups to share stories that build community resilience and wellbeing. She is currently, Editor in Chief of Peril Magazine, Australia’s leading online publication dedicated to Asian Australian arts and culture.


Carmel Macmillan, Director

Carmel is a Non-Executive Director, a Marketing and Business strategist specialist and Principal of CM Strategy Consulting.  As a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Carmel is a member of MS QLD’s Board and is Chair of their Philanthropic Relations Committee and a Director on their Services Committee. She also is a member of two sub committees of the Board for The Mater Foundation. Carmel holds directorship roles for two commercial organisations – Lagberry Pty Ltd and Piovesan Pty Ltd.

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