2020 is off to a great start for the Mindfulness Poet! I’ve joined forces with international singer-songwriter Emily Maguire and we’re developing a show called ‘Seeds of Change; music, mindfulness and mental health’. Both Brendan and Emily are keen on Buddhism, perform in the Sunshine Coast area and are mental health survivors. They bring insight, humour and intelligence as they explain what it’s like to live with depression and how they cope with the ups and downs of mental health.
Read more about Seeds of Change
Poet3 Posse rocked The Shared
On the Sunday afternoon of October 27 I was delighted to perform with Irish Joe Lynch and Ian Mackay at The Shared in Yandina. It’s one of the Sunny Coast’s great venues and between 2-4pm on a Sunday afternoon we put on a great show. Three very different performance poets take you on a journey of words and laughter.
Thanks to Boogy and all The Shared volunteers for their hospitality. It was an afternoon of good food, drink and words enjoyed by a lovely group of people.
The Mindfulness Poet had a great time at the Maleny Music Festival, debuting my new show ‘Maleny Moments’, stories and poems inspired by my 6 years living in this wonderful community. And if you missed seeing me at the festival you can hear the show by downloading the album!
The show has some of my favourite poems, including ‘Remember to Smile’, ‘Megan Megan the Angry Vegan’ and ‘New Age Blend’.
Here’s a preview of ‘New Age Blend’, filmed at Club Acoustic in Maleny. It’s long but it’s a performance I’m very proud of. Make a cup of tea and enjoy!
Remember to Smile
A recent poem of mine has had a bit of an impact. It was written in memory of a friend of mine who recently died. His name was ‘Col’ and he was a charming, well-known eccentric. He would often be walking Maple Street, the main thoroughfare of Maleny, and stopping all the time to talk to people. He was a very positive and upbeat about life and he could get a smile out of me even when I wasn’t in the best of moods.
Here is a link to the poem if you’d like to read it. RIP Col, you lovely man.
I performed my show ‘Creating Change from within’ at the Lighthouse Regenerative Organic Farm on March 31. It’s a backyard organic farm and a fascinating place to visit to learn about organic farming in an urban environment. Thanks to Julia and Jim for being such great hosts. It was wonderful to perform out in the open amidst the trees and with the sound of cars driving past. Thanks to everyone who came.
Poet’s Breakfast at Eudlo Music Festival
I had a great time playing host for the inaugural Poet’s Breakfast at the Eudlo Music Nights Festival. Some of the better known poets there included Irish Joe Lynch, Ian Mackay and Robin ‘Archie’ Archibold. There was plenty of support with lots of poets turning up to share poetry, and we drew a good crowd of festival goers. Thanks to Mike Whittaker for organising the event and there’ll be a poet’s breakfast at the next festival in October.
Creating Change from Within in Coolum
The new Mindfulness Poet show “Creating Change from Within” was a bit hit at Foxy on Coolum on Saturday November 24, 2018. The enthusiastic audience of 20 people enjoyed stories and poems about a big topic. And the ‘guided story-journey’ was a very well received, with musical sounds and audience participation making it a very powerful experience for many. And one lucky audience member received a free Mindfulness Poet book when her name was drawn from a hat. Thanks to everyone for making it a great night.
There are hard-copies of the shows! After several people asked about it I have made it happen, and have been delighted with the response. Designed by the (ex-Graphic Designer) Mindfulness Poet himself, the A5 books have all the words of the poems, with colour photographs as well as stories from the show.
“Looking for Mindfulness in all the wrong places” charts my bumbling journey of life looking for a bit of inner peace, and “Sex, Love & Mindfulness” is all about making life better, easier, more enjoyable. Both books are based on my live shows, so they’ve been tested on humans and the response has been excellent. Highly recommended souvenir of the show, or a gift for someone who likes thoughtful entertainment.
The books are $15 each, and $5 for postage. Contact me to order one!
Sunshine Coast delights in Love, Sex & Mindfulness!
The Sunshine Coast was host to the new Mindfulness Poet show “Sex, Love & Mindfulness”. Foxy on Coolum was full of people, eating, drinking and laughing when the story-and-poetry show debuted on Saturday August 25. A lot of people discovered how fun good performance poetry can be for the first time, and of course a lot of familiar faces from Words At Play turned up too, which was great. Next stop was the Maleny Music Festival on Saturday September 1, and a great time was had by all amidst all the noise and chaos of a cosy little festival. Big thanks to Andy Copeman for doing such a good job on the sound desk in very trying conditions.
Anywhere Theatre Festival was a great success.
Mindfulness Poet appeared in five shows as part of the 2018 Anywhere Theatre Festival, in venues on the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane. The show “Looking for Mindfulness in all the wrong places” delighted audiences and was a great experience for everyone. Here’s some photos of the people who came.
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