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Poetry In Paradise™ Club

The ‘Poetry In Paradise’ poetry club Gold Coast was formed in 2004 by myself Jeff Goudy. It commenced at Christabellas in Harbour Town Biggera Waters for three months, then Evergreen at Bundall for a year, followed by The Teahouse at Mudgeeraba for five years, then Jumbo Java Cafe at Southport for six months. Despite the need to move to several different venues, the core of loyal poets have maintained their support for ‘Poetry In Paradise’ and the club has continued to grow.

The group has met at the GCCC Southport Library since 2010, meeting on the 3rd Sunday of each month from 1.00pm to 3.30pm. All poets and lovers of poetry are welcome.

We strive to maintain an encouraging and supportive atmosphere. Poets are welcome to bring and read or recite their own poetry of all types and genres, or recite their occasional favorite published poem. It is asked that swearing please be kept at a minimum; there are other local venues more supportive and suitable for strong language. Some poets follow the Australian Bush Poetry metre while others choose a wide and varied path.

“The artist brings something into the world that didn’t exist before, and does so without destroying something else.” – John Updike.

The atmosphere is one of camaraderie and fun. Jamie supplies tea, coffee, cakes, pies, sausage rolls and cool drinks at her café in the foyer, opening at 12:00pm for those who would like to arrive early for refreshments and socialising.

The poems can be on any theme or subject and can be written in any style. Each month there is an OPTIONAL theme and an OPTIONAL first line to provide some inspiration if you are staring at a blank canvas.

We look forward to welcome you into our group!

Jeff Goudy

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