The Broadcasters' Forum is an opportunity for radio presenters, artists and listeners to get together to talk about the folk music we hear on radio. The Broadcasters' Forum is facilitated by Bruce Cameron, producer and presenter of 'Come All Ye' on 2MCE-FM community radio since 1976.
Drawing their inspiration from the warmth of old-style bush entertainment and folklore, the Roweths work with vibrant arrangements of new and old traditional Australian ballads and work songs, early country music, original music, poetry, yarns, and dance tunes, weaving together and carrying forward diverse threads of the Australian tradition. Integral to the sound is the formidable and expressive double bass of Matt Nightingale.
Emily Crocker writes and performs poetry. You might have seen her at BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!, Noted Festival, Sydney Fringe, Sydney Writers Festival, Word in Hand, or Wollongong Writers Festival. Her debut chapbook Girls and Buoyant was published by Subbed In in 2017. She is formerly of the team that brings you Enough Said Poetry Slam in Wollongong, where she became known for writing audience-inspired poems on the spot.
Gabrielle Journey Jones is a poet and percussionist born on sovereign Gadigal Land Sydney. She shares Maori and African bloodlines and lives on Yuin Country Far South Coast NSW with her family. Gabrielle has read her poetry on open mics and as a featured performer at local national and international events for over 20 years. Her collection, Spoken Medicine ,was published by Ginninderra Press in 2017. Gabrielle is wholeheartedly inspired by and contributes to her diverse creative communities.
The Good Girl Song Project anchors itself in great storytelling and original songwriting and features Penny Larkins, Penelope Swales, Helen Begley and Jamie Molloy. They present their stunning folk song cycles “Settlement” and "Voyage" which follow the experiences of new female immigrants to colonial Australia of the 1830s. The struggles and triumphs of new immigrants in an old world are brought to life with finely wrought folk arrangements and tightly scripted stories
With lots of hats and voices, he’s a wonder to behold, a writer and performer – three-times champion, we’re told. Bush poetry performance makes him come alive, you see; it’s dinkum Aussie culture that will fill you full of glee. So come along, experience his characters in rhyme, come climb the slime and grime, no crime, it’s prime – a time sublime!
John Peel is an award winning performer of Australian bush poetry. John’s repertoire covers a broad range, from fencing duels to fishing, Elvis and many subjects in between. From traditional bush ballads to his own humorous originals, you are bound to be entertained.
A leading member of Australia's small clan of folklorists, Keith doubles as a slightly crazy performance poet, the only person to have recited 'The Spirit of the People' in the Australian High Court, 'A Study in Linguistics' in the Sydney Opera House, and 'McArthur's Fart at the United Nations in New York. His acclaimed solo tour de force, 'Yet More Lies that Made Australia' is a hilarious thought-provoking entertainment simply not to be missed.
Maddie Diamond – 2020 ACT Young Australian of the Year
Maddie Diamond – 2020 ACT Young Australian of the Year
Maddie is a 22 year old environmental activist from Canberra. She is the founder of Trash Gather, a grassroots group that builds community while removing rubbish from the natural and urban environment. She is also Executive Officer of SEE-Change, a not-for-profit organisation that fosters community-led sustainability projects in Canberra. Maddie was named 2020 ACT Young Australian of the Year for her community leadership in sustainability. Under Maddie's leadership young people are working together to take control of the future they would like to see.
Megan began performing poetry when she was just 6 years old, and has loved doing so ever since. Now, aged 13, she has won multiple awards for her reciting, and recorded her first album of poetry. "Megan Roweth’s delivery of this collection of classic Australian poetry is brimming with wit and a depth of perception beyond her years.” - Kim Kelly, Writer
Melinda Smith is the author of six books of poetry, most recently 'Goodbye Cruel' (Pitt St Poetry 2017). She won the 2014 Prime Minister's Literary Award for 'Drag down to unlock or place an emergency call' and her work has been widely anthologised and translated into multiple languages. She's performed her work across Australia and in Italy, NZ and Japan. She's based in the ACT and is a former poetry editor of the Canberra Times.
The National's newest poetry slam - bring your words, because we want to hear them! Hosted by a trio of exciting spoken word performers, and everyone is invited to perform. This is poetry slam! Sign up from 9pm outside the Carnival Stage.
Rob Barratt is a brain-tickling word-mangling comic poet humourist and singer from England who has appeared at venues and festivals all over the UK and in Ireland and Australia. He combines clever word play verse and song with satire parody and audience participation. He deals with such important topics as squid Neanderthal politics, the weather in Scotland, and distressed furniture. “This is not only clever but I think it’s very funny” (Mike Harding).
Sarah Temporal is a dynamic performance poet, combining traditional tales with the immediacy of slam poetry. In 2018 she won the Nimbin Performance Poetry World Cup and Lismore Poetry Cup, and she has featured at Storyfest '18 and the Sydney Writers Festival. She is the convenor of Poets Out Loud in the Tweed Valley region and enjoys helping people of all ages fall in love with poetry.
Poet and satirist Tug Dumbly has performed lots of radio and in many schools, venues and festivals. He ran the legendary and drunken Sydney poetry night Bardflys. He’s released two CDs through the ABC, once won the Spirit of Woodford storytelling comp, twice won the Banjo Paterson Prize for comic verse, and three times won the Nimbin World Performance Poetry Cup. His first book of poems, Son Songs, came out in December 2018.