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Poet, Alf Taylor Photography by Jessica Josie

Poet, Alf Taylor Photography by Jessica Josie

Aspiring poets from the Northam region recently took to the stage at the Link Theatre to perform their original works accompanied by classical musicians and the didgeridoo.

Bilya Kep Waagnkiny, or River Water Stories, was a performance of live poetry produced by Community Arts Network as part of its Rekindling Stories on Country community art program.

The show included poetry readings by Janet and Yvonne Kickett, Deborah Moody, Rosalie Quartermaine, Daniel Hansen and Hayden Kickett.

They were supported by classical musicians from Perth Symphony Orchestra, Julia Watson, Mark Turner and Anna Sarcich and Noongar performer Ian Moopa Wilkes, who also took on the role of musical director, and Noongar theatre artist Irma Woods as Performance Director.

Esteemed poet Alf Taylor treated the audience to a selection of his works.

Alf Taylor, Janet Kickett, Yvonne Kickett, Daniel Hansen, Rosalie Quartermaine, Deborah Moody, Hayden Kickett

Alf Taylor, Janet Kickett, Yvonne Kickett, Daniel Hansen, Rosalie Quartermaine, Deborah Moody, Hayden Kickett. photography by Jessica josie

“I’ve read my poetry around the world, but there’s nothing like reading alongside other Noongar poets and to our own community,” said Alf.

Audience members agreed with Alf’s sentiment at the York leg of the tour, “such a beautiful way to connect the community through poetry.”

Northam Elder and poet Yvonne Kickett said the performances were the culmination of an incredible journey.

“A group of us spent the winter writing poems in Community Arts Network workshops and have been touring our work to other towns, with new poets joining on the way,” she said.

Throughout the winter the poets performed live readings in York, Quairading and Northam. The Bilya Kep Waangkiny tour was a beautiful culmination of the artistic works developed throughout the project.

CAN would like to thank everyone involved with bringing this project together. This was a wonderful event bringing out inspiring performances through the collaboration of poetry, performance and music.

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