Forums I Talks I Conversations – 2017

Brand new for 2017 our Forums  Talks  Conversations category is designed to help you choose the elements of our program that might interest you most. Below is the current list of events in this category 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.

MediaRelease_A Wife's Heart_UQP.pdf A Wife’s Heart – 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

BruceC Broadcasters’ Forum – Bruce Cameron

Presenters, artists and listeners get together to talk about the folk music we hear on radio. The Broadcasters Forum is facilitated by radio producer and presenter Bruce Cameron.

Mon 10:00am Billy Moran

StephenWhiteside Desert Island Poems – Stephen Whiteside

Stephen will invite two festival poets to nominate and discuss poems they would take with them to a desert island.

Mon 3:20pm Spiegel

JaredKutcha Family and Identity – Kutcha Edwards and Jared Thomas and chaired by award winning social justice journalist Ginger Gorman

Family, Country and Culture are integral to our First Peoples. Discover the journeys of Mutti Mutti Man and award-winning musician Kutcha Edwards, a member of the Stolen Generations, and Nukunu Man and award-winning author Jared Thomas.

Sun 4:40pm Terrace

FAA Folk Alliance Australia

Annual General Meeting

Sun 4:00pm Spiegel

Andrew-Galan For All the Veronicas (The Dog Who Staid) – Andrew Galan

Join Andrew Galan’s for the launch of his new poetry book is For All The Veronicas (The Dog Who Staid) and explore eating, fighting, tenderness, fathers and spaceships.

Sat 6:00pm Terrace

Web_jared How Aboriginal Theatre Changed My Life – Dr. Jared Thomas

Dr. Jared Thomas is an award-winning writer of theatre and young adult fiction. From Port Augusta to Kenya and Bologna, join Jared to hear how Aboriginal theatre changed his life.

Fri 6:00pm Terrace

NLA Live @ the Lounge

A series of conversations with selected Festival performers hosted by the National Library of Australia.

Fri & Sat 1:50pm & 7:10pm Budawang
Sun 1:10pm & 7:10pm Budawang

recognise Recognise Forum – Jason Oakley with special guests

The issue of Recognition for Australia’s Indigenous people in our Constitution has been discussed and debated since the 1990s – for more than 20 years. Jason will talk about Recognition with an opportunity for you to ask questions about the proposed referendum regarding this.

Sun 11:50am Terrace

grahammcdonald Talking Heads – Graham McDonald

Festival veteran and sometime folk music journalist Graham Mc Donald sits down with a selection of Festival guests and talks with them about their lives and careers, musical or otherwise. There may be a song or two for good measure.

Fri/Sat/Sun 6:20pm Spiegel

StephenWhiteside What I Love About Poetry – Stephen Whiteside

A panel discussion where Stephen will invite three or four festival poets to respond to questions about poetry, thereby revealing what they love about the genre.

Sat 11:20am Terrace