Since its inception in 2004, the Brotherhood has continued to flourish and grow in its artistic endeavours, with assistance from a variety of sources. The following are some of their achievements over the years:
• Melbourne rock band, the Bipolar Bears, worked collaboratively with the group to compose and record a song using one of their early poems
• ABC Breakfast radio host Paul Bodington recorded an interview and the group’s song about Sandgate
• In 2005 Access Arts sponsored a grant from the Queensland Arts Council for a documentary about the group, produced by Brisbane writer/filmmaker, Krissy Kneen, and Anthony Mullins. It was officially launched at the Brisbane Powerhouse
• In September 2005 the group published an anthology and DVD of their poems entitled Tapping on the Heart of the World with funding from the Lions Club of Bramble Bay. It has been reprinted several times due to its popularity
• In 2005 the group presented their works at the Queensland Writers’ Festival
• Part of the DVD and book produced for the Writer’s Festival was showcased at ‘Poetry on the Big Screen’ at the 2006 Queensland Poetry Festival
• In 2006 the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) provided funding for two members of the Brotherhood to access TAFE community writing courses
• In November 2008 the group presented a musical called DREEMZ at QUT’s Carseldine theatre. All 12 members wrote their own parts (throughout the year) and performed using Facilitated Communication to portray their struggles to overcome fear, doubt and public suspicion of themselves and their writings
• Throughout 2009 the group worked regularly with Brisbane performance poet David ‘Ghostboy’ Stavenger to produce a collection of poetry for their performance ‘Air for the Birds’ at the State Library in January 2010, alongside several other performance poets and musicians.
• In August 2010, the group performed a repeat of ‘Air For the Birds’ at the Judith Wright Centre in Brisbane, as part of the Queensland Poetry Festival.
Besides their ongoing activities with the Brotherhood of the Wordless, many of the group’s members are also working on their own individual creative projects. These include writing books and autobiographies, studying at TAFE and University, public speaking, involvement in community programs and research projects, promoting and demonstrating Facilitated Communication for organisations and at conferences and gaining recognition through writing and art awards.
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