read you bastards

Reader in Residence

You know you want to.

RYBs was one of the best named gigs I ever attended, short-lived as the actual event was. I miss its aggressive clarion call. It’s an interesting question, isn’t it? If writers and artists and general literati are always wondering about the state of writing, shouldn’t we also worry about the state of reading? Well, wonder no longer.

For those who are yet to hear about it, poet, lyricist, and spoken word artist David Stavanger aka Ghostboy will be undertaking a 12 month residency from July 11th at the Brisbane Square Library as the Lord Mayor’s Reader in Residence.

As the FB says:

During his residency David will be focused on engaging all library users with the genres of poetry and spoken word through a series of free workshops, talks, competitions and performances. He will also be based every Thursday in Brisbane Square Library as a live writing and reading installation.

The residency kicks off with the Reader-in-Residence launch on Thursday 4th July featuring live music from angular art-rock-pop act The Stress of Leisure (in duo mode), poetry from Australian Poetry Slam finalist and “powerfully quiet” spoken word artist Eleanor Jackson and a short set by the RIR. As it is also the American Independence Day, all the feature artists will be doing a “version” of their favourite American poem or song.

There will also be a few extra special guests TBC as well as complimentary wine and nibbles.

No bookings required.

It would be really good to see you there.



Categorized as musing

By Eleanor Jackson

Eleanor Jackson is a Filipino Australian poet, performer, arts producer, cyclist, writer, gal about town, feminist, freewheeler, and friend.


  1. Hey lady, not sure if you remember me, my name’s Briony; we worked together briefly at IWDA. I’m actually wondering if you can help me out with some advice on spoken word and gender/international development. An org I’ve been developing over the last year, called the Global Women’s Project (, is launching in August. I would love to have a fabulous female performance poet to open a film we’re screening. Thought immediately of you, but of course you’re in Brisbane still, aren’t you? Would love to have you there, but if not, would you have any recommendations at all? Bri
    0409 941 863,

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