The Queensland Poetry Festival kicks off this week with four days of activities and events across several Brisbane venues, the majority of which are free. In addition to poetry readings and performances, the festival will also include panel sessions, book launches, live music, visual art installations and the 2017 Poetry Awards which will feature as part of opening night festivities at the Judith Wright Centre on Thursday evening (August 24).

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Also on Thursday night will be a tribute to Leonard Cohen, while other festival highlights include An Afternoon with Michael Leunig on Saturday (August 26), performances from the likes of The Bedroom Philospher (Justin Hazlewood) and Ben Salter, with the Queensland final of the Australian Poetry Slam to be decided on Sunday night.

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To check out the full schedule of events and venues, visit the QPF website or follow Queensland Poetry Festival on Facebook.