Spoken Word – 2017

Below is the current list of Spoken Word Performers for the 2017 Festival. 

Please note: The National Folk Festival and its Director reserve the right to alter the program and the acts as circumstances deem necessary.


web_andrewgalan Andrew Galan with Okinawa Girls

Okinawa Girls are a BluesNoisePunkPop duo from Canberra. Andrew Galan writes poetry that’s gut, direct, and imagination and reality meeting to eat and fight. Together they are Andrew Galan with Okinawa Girls and a triple dose of BluesNoisePunkPopEatingFightingPoetry.

web_badslam BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! wants you for the Poetry Slam at the Australian National Folk Festival. Two minutes on stage with your original material, no props, no music, all for more First prizes than any poetry slam now, then or ever. Judge, perform, audience, you will have the best night ever!

web_cjbower CJ Bowerbird

CJ Bowerbird is a spoken word artist and physical performer. Winner of the 2012 Australian Poetry Slam, CJ tells stories through verse and performance. He explores what it is to be human, writing about things we have lost, things we never had and things that are slipping through our fingers.

web_davidhal David Hallett

Nimbin’s multi award winning poet olympian David Hallett is a fascinating wordsmith of drama, comedy, satire and social commentary. A performance poet for over 40 years David’s entertaining poems jump from page to stage, from outback schools, to the Opera House to the beat cafes of New York.

Web_geoffgraham Geoffrey W Graham

Geoffrey W. Graham is a storyteller, a poet, muso, and actor—a theatrical communicator—suffering from an obsessive disorder based on a passion for Australian heritage. He thrives on connecting to an audience on an emotional level and spreading the word across Australia about icons like Banjo, Henry and CJ Dennis.

Web_jared Jared Thomas

Dr Jared Thomas is an award-winning writer of theatre, children’s and young adult fiction and a passionate commentator on climate change and environmental issues. A Nukunu man of the Southern Flinders Ranges who grew up on country, Jared’s writing explores belonging and culture.

MediaRelease_A Wife's Heart_UQP.pdf Kerrie Davies

A Wife’s Heart: The Untold Story of Bertha and Henry Lawson is a new biography by journalist, author and media academic Kerrie Davies. Hear her speak about
this innovative, imaginative and at times shocking work examining Bertha and Henry Lawson’s marriage through a modern lens.

Fri 11:20am Terrace

Laurie McDonald_sm Laurie McDonald A city-bush poet (can’t make up his mind) and reciter of quirky and sometimes tall tales which might challenge your imagination, Laurie’s CD—’Laurie McDonald Live…at the Murrumbateman Pub’—was a finalist for Album of the Year in the Australian Bush Laureate Awards at Tamworth in 2014.
web_menmemates Me ‘N Me Mates

Join the South Australian based trio when they present A  Drongo’s Guide To Speaking Australian. This cabaret style entertainment focuses on the humour of Australia’s colloquial language. A contemporary look at the distinctive way Australians speak.


web_petermace Peter Mace Bush Poet

Peter is a Bush Poet who has appeared at most of the major festivals throughout Australia. Whether performing his own work or that of our traditional or contemporary poets he is sure to either have you rolling in laughter or maybe shedding a tear.

web_soon Potpourri of Poetry

Poetry in all its forms is alive and well and continues to evolve over time, with all forms sharing the freedom and creativity that poetic licence brings. Poetic licence is a very broad licence. Come and listen to poets of different styles with Laurie McDonald, Louise Blessington, Paul Magee, Sandra Renew and CJ Bowerbird.

Web_rhondatallnash Rhonda Tallnash – Australian Bush Poet

The current Australian Female Bush Poetry Performance Champion and children’s author, Rhonda Tallnash, performs her quirky ‘Rhymes and Rants’ that include classical, modern and original works. Much of her performance stems from her unique slant on the ‘funny’ and a definitely warped mind!

web_rhymerfromryde Rhymer from Ryde

The “Rhymer from Ryde’s” Bush Poetry is 98% fat free, low in salt, good for your cholesterol and best enjoyed whilst sitting down. Graeme’s audiences revel in his easy going manner & theatrical style of delivery. His repertoire includes Original, Traditional & Contemporary material.

Web_sandrarenew Sandra Renew

Sandra Renew’s poetry expresses her opinions on the state of the world. She wonders who sleeps at night? Who is lucky enough to live in safety and peace? Her poetry is informed by her many years working in war zones, in Indigenous communities and on the fringes of heterosexuality.

web_stephenwhiteside Stephen Whiteside and Maggie Somerville

Stephen Whiteside will be hosting the panel shows “Desert Island Poems” and “What I Love About Poetry!” Stephen and Maggie will perform in KidzFest.