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.
The community was rocked a few weeks ago when news came of his death, which the police are currently investigating. Like a lot of people I found out through social media and in the comments there was grief, bewilderment, hurt and anger. For such a gentle, caring man to be taken from us in this way seemed very unfair.
Col’s friends came together at a public service and we remembered him. I had put some words together to help myself and others express their grief and find some sort of closure on our loss. For someone I regarded as a friend I had known very few details about him, and I learnt a lot about him through what others shared. He had touched many people’s lives and helped many people through dark times.
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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