Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts
Ivan Coyote Live

QPF:Ivan Coyote Live

Presented by Queensland Poetry Festival

Hosted by 4zzz host & LGBTI Media Personality of the Year, Ruth Gardner.

QPF presents a very special evening of live storytelling featuring the first Australian performance by Ivan Coyote (Canada), supported by spoken word artist Eleanor Jackson (Melbourne).

Ivan Coyote is the award-winning author of ten books, the creator of four short films, and has released three albums that combine storytelling with music. Ivan is a seasoned stage performer and long-time road dog, and over the last eighteen years has become an audience favourite at storytelling, writer's, film, poetry, and folk music festivals from Anchorage to Amsterdam.

The Globe and Mail newspaper called Coyote "a natural-born storyteller" and the Ottawa Xpress once said that "Coyote is to Canadian literature what kd lang is to country music: a beautifully odd fixture."

Ivan often grapples with the complex and intensely personal issues of gender identity in their work, as well as topics such as family, class, social justice and queer liberation, but always with a generous heart, a quick wit, and the nuanced and finely-honed timing of a gifted raconteur. Ivan's stories remind of us of our own fallible and imperfect humanity while at the same time inspiring us to change the world.

Eleanor Jackson is a Filipino Australian poet, performer, arts producer and radio broadcaster. An award-winning spoken word artist, Eleanor has been described as capable of creating “powerful quiet”.

QPF would like to thank our partners Melbourne Writers Festival (and Vancouver Writer's Festival) in bringing Ivan to QPF2016. QPF also acknowledges the assistance of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, as well as the financial support of Australia Council for the Arts and Brisbane City Council for this event.

For all QPF2016 ticketed events click HERE

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Event Details

Date & Time

Sun 28 August, 8:30pm

Duration: 60 mins, no interval


Unreserved Cabaret and Theatre Seating
Online sales close two hours before performances

All: $15

Warnings: adult themes
Recommended 15+



The Globe & Mail

"Coyote has always come from a place where live performance, storytelling and music converge, where the text and the beat fuse and influence each other."

Quills Magazine

"Distinctive and persuasive voice, a flawless sense of pacing, and an impeccable sense of story."