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Fabulous Friday Night

Poetry & Music. Poetry & Pizza (if you wish).   6 - 9/9.30


Don’t miss this fabulous night of music and performance poetry headlined by Nowra born poet Tug Dumbly and Scottish born poet, Ali Whitelock, two poets whose dexterous words offer humour and irony about what matters… everything from seaweed to cicadas to climate change.

If it wasn’t Spring, we’d suggest dusting off your berets. A boho night where clicking your fingers doesn’t mean you need the waiter, but that you love the poetry.


Tug Dumbly has been resident-poet on ABC Triple J and 702, released spoken-word CDs through the ABC, won the Banjo Paterson Prize for Comic Verse, not once but twice, and Nimbin Performance Poetry World Cup, thrice!


The title of  Ali Whitelock's  debut collection, ‘and my heart crumples like a coke can’ offers a peak into her humour. This collection was published in 2018, by Wakefield Press, and in 2022 by Polygon in the UK. Ali was long-listed for the Australian Literature Society gold medal 2021'


The night mixes music and poetry and we are lucky to have Lenka play a few songs on her ukulele. Lenka’s music and performance took her around the world and her songs have been featured in many global film and TV placements.


We will also be offered rare spots from multidisciplinary artists and musicians, Nicole Smede and  Greer Taylor . Nicole, of Worimi and European heritage, will sing in language and share two poems with us.  Greer ventures where many fear to go, that is, to expressing the environmental grief we feel over Climate Change and what is happening to the Earth.


Megan Kovalik  &  Jules   will play divine Sax.

Datson Hughes  Are “looking forward to blowing off the cobwebs of Covid and enjoying a reimagined rite of spring at Art Springs for Wildlife. Playing homemade tunes on homemade instruments in celebration of the natural world in all its senseless beauty.”


Kez Thompson will be our MC for the night. Kez has lived in the Shoalhaven for over 20 years. Recently retired as an Intensive Care Paramedic Kez is now following his deep interest in art, mental health and community.

If you fancy a great PIZZA with your poetry  - "Quattro Pizza" place is 2 minutes away from the Berry School of Arts. You can eat there or order a takeaway and not miss out on the performances. At the Hall tables, plates, glasses are provided.  There will be a half an hour break at 7.30 pm.

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