2004 Bush Poets
Festival Poetry Director, Greame Johnson
A wonderfully eargrabbing Bush Poet and "stretcher of
the truth" extraordinaire, Graeme's performances are renowned
for their vibrancy, humour and heartfelt emotion.
In the true larrikin style his reciting covers everything from
the silly to the serious, Traditional to Contemporary. Since 1995
he's received over 56 commendations for his spoken and written
work and has been included in 16 Anthologies of Australian Poetry.
He has released 2 books, 2 cassettes and 1 CD. Graeme will
be launching his new "Live" album at this years breakfast
Galston Country Music Festival 2004-Poet's Breakfast.
GALSTON COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL
POETS BREAKFAST THEME: "THE
WOMEN OF THE WEST"
(plus a few blokes)
Main Featured Artists
Illustrating how humour can always
be found in the most unusual circumstances, Shirley Friend's descriptions
of everyday events highlight the funny side of life's more embarrassing
Originally a :"Pommie" migrant, Shirley has now firmly
entrenched herself as an ""All Australian" Bush
Poet, the Guest Artist that everybody wants.
Carol Heuchan is the current NSW
Female Bush Poetry Champion, having won the title at the Championships
in Narrandera in Oct 2003. Since then she's been unstoppable,
sweeping all-comers before her in Competitions all over the State.
Also an accomplished Equestrian competitor her love of horses
also has her at the top of that field as well. She has also published
2 Best-selling books OF Bush Poetry. Truly a woman of the land!
Graeme Johnson-"The Rhymer
The "Rhymer from Ryde's"
Bush poetry is 98% Fat free, low in salt, good for your cholesterol
and best enjoyed whilst sitting down. Taken internally, it will
induce convulsions (of laughter) followed by a feeling of satisfaction
and well being.
Graeme's experience as a performer has seen him hired for major
Festivals all over the country over the last 10 years, where crowds
have enjoyed his easy going manner and entertaining style of delivery.
Billy Lasham is one of the true
"Larrikins" of Aussie verse. An engaging character never
short of a word to say, Billy's trademark is his smiling face
and easy going manner. A great writer in his own right, Billy
Lasham is right up there with the best of them.
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