Thursday, June 3, 2021

Just two more sleeps and we'll be pointing our car in the direction of Denmark WA and the

2021 Denmark Festival of Voice!

Maree Dawes, Yann Toussaint, Kim Scott, Reneé Pettitt-Schipp, Graham Kershaw, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Maria Zajkowski, Tim Dunn and myself have been working with musicians Marianthe Loucataris and Jen Lush on the Music of Poetry project for the Denmark Festival of Voice. Due to the impact of Covid-19, Ali Cobby Eckermann and Maria Zajkowski are not able to join us in person, but they will have a virtual presence.

Saturday will see the premiere of Aqueous - Water : Longing : Memory, "an installation and web based collaborative media arts work: poetry, music, field recordings, sound design, and images". Aqueous features the work of Kim Scott, Maree Dawes, Barbara Temperton, Yann Toussaint, Tim Dunn and Marianthe Loucataris. There is a taster here. Aqueous will be playing in the Artsbar's Studio Listening Lounge in Strickland Street from 10am to 4pm all weekend.

I'll be officially appearing at the Festival three times, but you'll also find me in audiences listening to some the fantastic artists on the program. My three events are:

    - Saturday 11.30am to 12.30pm at the Artsbar for a panel discussion with the poets and composer/musicians from the Music of Poetry project and Chair Andrea Gaynor.
    - Saturday 3.30pm to 5.30pm reading at Teahouse Books, 8 Hollings Road, with the Aqueous poets Maree Dawes, Kim Scott, and Yann Toussaint.
    - Sunday 6.30pm to 7.30pm I'll read with Reneé​ Pettitt-Schipp and Graham Kershaw for Poetry and Wine at the Artsbar.

Come and join us all in beautiful Denmark!

The complete Denmark Festival of Voice programme, including all the poetry events and the venue map is available here.

More information about The Music of Poetry project and Aqueous can be found here.

Thank you to Denmark Arts and Denmark Festival of Voice for producing this project, and the WA Departments of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries & Culture and the Arts for your support!


  1. Hi Barbara, this sounds marvellous. I hope you had a wonderful weekend.

    1. I did, Sarah. It was challenging, too. I haven't performed for a festival audience in so long, but all went well, and my new work was well received. It was wonderful to be amongst my peers. You know how those conversations go!
      The Music of Poetry installation "Aqueous" will be available online soon. It was received well at the Festival. It was a great experience working with Marianthe.
      I ended up doing a panel and two readings, one extra to stand in for Maria Zajkowski, who was in lockdown in Melbourne. I'd forgotten how much energy goes into these things ... LOL! I had to rest for two days after the weekend to catch up with myself!
      I hope life is treating you kindly. xx

    2. Yes Barbara, life is treating me well x
      I learned something at a PWF when paired with An International Author when he said 'It'll be fine! We'll just yarn on.' Whereas the facilitator had to read both our books and do their research on both topics. A chair's job is huge.
      And too, I come out of it exhausted and not remembering a single word I'd said.
      It's great though, that intense exchange of ideas and I'm really looking forward to Aqueous online.