Queensland Poetry Festival (QPF) is back for its 20th year with three days and four nights of poetry, spoken word, panels, film, performance, installations, slam, comedy, hip hop and music.

The theme for this year’s festival is ‘Lost Language, Found’, and the program features 90 Australian and international guests, including national treasure Archie Roach, Black Comedy’s Steven Oliver, a screening of an exclusive interview and reading by Clive James in his Cambridge home, Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy K Smith (making her only Queensland appearance), and one of the world’s best storytellers, Ivan Coyote, who will explore concepts of gender.

Award-winning poet and author Ellen van Neerven will also feature, as well as acclaimed indigenous poets, spoken word artists and writers from Canada, New Zealand, India and Singapore.

QPF2016 will also host the Australian Poetry Slam QLD Final, a Bowie/Prince tribute, Formation dance classes, a screening of pioneering Australian hip hop film Survival Tactics, regional satellite events, and a special panel on preserving lost languages.

Booker Prize short-listed author and poet Jeet Thayil will serve as the Arts Queensland Poet in Residence, while Sam Wagan Watson has been selected as the first ever Indigenous Poet in Residence.

The opening night of the festival on Thursday 25 August will feature the 2016 Poetry Awards, including the inaugural Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize, named after one of Queensland’s greatest artists.

Queensland Poetry Festival will run from Thursday 25 August to Sunday 28 August at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts (420 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley). For the full program, head to queenslandpoetryfestival.com.

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