I’m very excited to be performing at the Denmark Festival of Voice on 3-5 June 2016… even more excited now that the program has been published and I can see what an amazing lineup I’ll be part of.
I highly recommend anyone to attend this delightful festival in Western Australia’s lush south-west. The Festival’s a gathering of awesome people with a love of song, word, story…. It’s a feast for the ears, the heart, the soul. There’s a whole heap of amazing singers, poets and story-tellers – check the website for details of who’s coming and also for the program!
I’ll be in four performances in the festival: Two in which I perform my own poetry accompanied by the splendiferous instrumentation of Sunset Blundell-Wignall (a blurb for this show is beneath the image below), and two as part of the Tealeaf Troubadours – a four-piece ensemble of storytellers, musicians and poets who create enthralling performances which interweave the different performance arts. The Tealef Troubadours comprise Alex Hey, Jesse the Wind Wanderer, Jaya Penelope, and myself. Details of the shows I’m in follow:
- Saturday 4th June 10 am @ Storytelling Yurt: Tealeaf Troubadours kids show: ‘Treasure‘
- Saturday 4th June 3:30 pm @ Storytelling Yurt: Keren Gila Raiter accompanied by Sunset Wignall: ‘Beneath our feet: poems of earth and body’.
- Sunday 5th June 1pm @ RSL Hall: Keren Gila Raiter accompanied by Sunset Wignall.
- Sunday 5th June 2:30pm @ Storytelling Yurt: Tealeaf Troubadours adults show entitled ‘Driftwood Stories’.
Other shows/performers that I’m excited to see include Candy Royale, Jaya Penelope, Donna Jacobs Sife, The Red Sea Pedestrians, the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir, Lucy Ridsdale, Ajak Kwai, Craig Sinclair, the vocal chant with Pranava Music, and many more.
Step on to Keren Gila Raiter’s flying carpet of woven words and animated theatrics as she takes you on wild poetic adventures over oceans and underground, where atoms explode, organisms evolve, and the everyday is extraordinary. Meet a botanical villain who moves by stealth through roots and veins, a spiralling lover who’s wings must heal and rebalance, and two friends that discover the magic of nature in a war-torn land.
Accompanied by the splendiferous sounds of Sunset Blundell-Wignall whose eclectic instrumentation blows the winds upon which this magic carpet sails. This is playful and powerful performance poetry not to be missed!
Back in 2006 I was living in Israel and in the summer I travelled in the north, which is mountainous and full of mystical places for Jews, Muslims, Christians, and others… In the summertime, it’s also full of festivals and music. I went with a friend to a Kleizmer festival up in the town of Tsfat, the birthplace of Jewish mysticism, and afterwards we spent a couple of days hiking down from the mountain, along a river, and to the Sea of Galilee, also called the Lake Kinneret. The day that we hiked along the river valley turned out to be a day I will never forget. That was the day that war broke out between Israel and the Hezbollah in Lebanon…
This poem was published by Hypallage, the Magazine of the Multicultural Writers Association of Australia. This video was filmed at the 2012 Denmark Festival of Voice.
Here is a piece about what I do in my day job – that is, one of my day jobs at the moment. I am an environmental scientist, and I work with climate change, forested streams and forest management practices. I investigate what happens to our streams when we log, thin, mine, and rehabilitate the forests (and combinations of the above) against the striking backdrop of our drying and variable climate, and what we can do about it. This poem is written specifically about the Jarrah forests and streams in the Darling Ranges to the east and south-east of Perth, although similar things are happening in many parts of the southwest of Australia.
Come gather round the hearth this winter solstice to be warmed by yule stories, music, spiced wine and chai. We’ll keep the story light aflame with stories on the theme of winter, light and rebirth told by West O’ The Moon, Jesse the Wind Wanderer, Keren Gila Raiter and Shona Kaleis.
And as an extra special winter treat we will have the exquisite music of Gosia Winter, fresh from Berlin.
Where: Raft Gallery, 96 Bawdan Street, Willagee, Western Australia
When: 21st June 2013; We will begin at 7:30 and go til late…
Tickets: $15/$10 unwaged, available at the door.
Please note this is storytelling for adults and may contain adult themes, children are welcome at their parent’s discretion
Words adapted from the lyrics to the song ‘Child of the Universe’ by Theo Simon, Seize the Day
Performed at the Denmark Festival of Voice, Western Australia, 2012
Keren will be one of a suite of poets participating in the upcoming launch of Creative Connections next month:
2012 Creative Connections Art & Poetry Exhibition ‘artists with disabilities and WA poets working together’
Now in its 6th year, Creative Connections is about to ‘wow’ the public again with unique, inspirational and colourful artworks, and accompanying poetry. In 2012 there will be 79 artworks by 72 artists and 158 poems by 48 poets on display. The exhibition is an eclectic collection of artwork produced by people with special needs under the care of Disability Services Commission, the Centre for Cerebral Palsy, Nulsen Association, and The Bethanie Group Inc, together with poems written to complement each artwork by local and national poets.
City Farm will host the Opening Day of the 2012 Exhibition, which will be open from 10 am to 3 pm, on Saturday 4th August. The day includes: a barbecue lunch (by donation) 12 noon to 1 pm, the Launch by the Honourable Graham Edwards AM from 1 pm to 2 pm, fantastic entertainment by Kevin Gillam (noted cellist and poet), Jake Dennis (musician and poet) and Greg Barr (didgeridoo musician and artist), and poetry readings by participating poets.
The exhibition will reopen to the public at Belmont Forum Shopping Centre, during trading hours, from 16th to 18th August. Artworks are for sale, with 90% going back to the artists and 10% going in to organising next year’s exhibition.
For more information go to – www.creativeconnectionsaape.net.au or email firstname.lastname@example.org.