Festival Events

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Five Senses Art Exhibition (opening Fri 29 April; throughout May)
Bio-luminous Walking (4.30 pm, Sun 1 May)
Stopping a Moment: Haiku Playshop (3.30 pm, Mon 2 May)
Hearts Ablaze Play Briefing (6 pm, Thurs 6 May)
Chalkboard Poetry Night (6 for 6.30 pm, Mon 9 May)
‘Lying in the Dew’: Judith Wright Poetry Workshops (10.30 am, Saturdays, 7-28 May)
Writers of Tamborine: Dr Ruth Blair (2 pm, Thurs 12 May)
Life Writing: Dr Josephine Burden (10 am, Fri 13 May)
The Burning Glass 2016 (7 pm, Fri 13 May)
Hearts Ablaze (various times; see Hearts Ablaze page)
Voicings of Judith’s Poetry (4.30 pm, Wed 18 May)

Kath Walker and Judith Wright (2 pm, Wed 25 May)
Walk in Judith’s and Jack’s Footsteps (10.30 am, Tues 31 May)

Prize Draw for purchasers of Fiona Rafferty print (3.30 pm, Tues 31 May)

Five Senses Art Exhibition



Opening: Friday 29 April 3.30 – 4.30pm
Visit: Library opening hours (Mon to Fri 9.00 am – 5.30 pm; Sat 9.00 am – 12.00 midday; closed Sun)
Where: Tamborine Mountain Library (Corner Main St and Yuulong Rd, Tamborine Mountain, QLD 4272)
Cost: Free


Members of the Tamborine Mountain Arts Collective and other Tamborine Mountain artists display a range of artworks directly inspired by the work of Judith Wright, or referencing themes key to Judith’s life and work. Note that Open Studios (Tamborine Mountain) organised by the Scenic Rim Regional Council, runs all weekend, too (Sat 30 April to Mon 2 May, inclusive), at various locations on the Mountain: see:  http://www.liveatthecentre.com.au/open-studios-pg20594.html.

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Bio-luminous WalkingBio-Walking1 (1)

When: Sunday 1 May, 4.30pm – 6.o0pm
Where: Esme Lahey Environmental Park (Licuala Dr, North Tamborine, QLD 4272)
Parking: Street parking available
Cost: Free – no need to book

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A series of tiny projection and light artworks mapped to the trees, rocks, and logs in Esme Lahey Environmental Park. Travel around the park to discover these tiny creatures and writings inspired by the poetry of Judith Wright and the emails sent to Alinta Krauth’s Tree:mails Scenic Rim art project (www.treemails.net). A projection art event inside a forest is a first for the area, and perhaps the world! Be a part of this first. Any questions? Email a.krauth@griffith.edu.au.

Alinta Krauth is a multidisciplinary digital artist who focuses on projection art, interactive art, sound art, art games, and digital literature, and is interested in experimenting with links between these fields. She is also interested in ways to tie social relevance into her work – particularly with regards to sustainability, ecology, and physics. She has seen her works exhibited globally, from Berlin to Bergen, Virginia to Vienna, Paris to Melbourne, Vancouver to New York City.

Alinta has lived in the Scenic Rim since she was a youngster, and her background is in cultural theory and creative writing. She likes to use these understandings to help her create historically and culturally considered works. But most of all Alinta is simply curious about the world and all its creatures – real and imagined. www.alintakrauth.com.

What to bring:

  • Walking shoes
  • Possibly a torch (not necessary to view the artwork, but may be needed once the sun sets to get around the park)

Note: Please ensure that you and your family do not leave the designated paths of the forest. Please do not touch or allow your family to touch any of the technological infrastructure that you might see within the park. These are council requirements.

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Stopping a Moment: Haiku Playshop

When: Mon 2 May, 3.30 – 5.00 pm

Where: Mountain Dreams Atelier, 314-332 Macdonnell Road, Tamborine Mountain, QLD 4272
Cost: Free


Any playful souls who would like to take time to stop a moment and look around may enjoy getting together with three guides: Hillel Weintraub, margy Rose, and Evie Willsteed. No experience in writing required. Just a willing spirit.

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Hearts Ablaze Play Briefing Hearts-Ablaze-Logo

When: Thurs 5 May, 6.00 – 7.00 pm
Where: Zamia Theatre, 22 Main St, Tamborine Mountain, QLD 4272
Cost: Free – no need to book

The playwright, director, cast and crew talk about the challenges and highlights of developing and producing an original play with a local theme.

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Chalkboard Poetry Night

When: Mon 9 May, 6.00 for 6.30 pm
Where: Clancy’s Irish Bar (Main St) (book for dinner on 5545 1531)
Cost: Free – participants may buy dinner and drinks at the venue. Book a table with friends – or make new friends.

Read your poems, or those of others – or just come for the fun.

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‘Lying in the dew’*: Judith Wright Poetry Workshops

What: Four workshops
Where: Zamia Theatre, 22 Main St, Tamborine Mountain, QLD 4272
When: Saturdays, 10.30 am – 12.00 midday
Cost: Gold coin donation for each workshop to cover costs – book at 0418 122 295 (Janis)

Sat 7 May: Poet of the Five Senses (introducing Judith Wright and her work)

Sat 14 May: Voicing the poems (practical hands-on workshop about delivering poems)

Sat 21 May: Poetry@The Edge: Later poems (includes some poetry-writing)

Sat 28 May: Country and landscape (some of the most famous poems, set in the various places Judith lived and visited)

Email us (under the ‘Contact’ tab) if you would like a fuller description of the workshops.

*Referring to Tamborine Mountain’s Albert’s lyrebirds, Judith said ‘I should see them, if I lay there in the dew’, alluding also to poems and poets.

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Photo Ruth BlairWriters of Tamborine: Dr Ruth Blair

When: Thurs 12 May, 2.00 – 3.00 pm
Cost: Free – but book on 5540 5473 (library)
What: ‘Good Afternoon’ Talk, presented by Tamborine Mountain Library
Where: Tamborine Mountain Library (Corner Main St and Yuulong Rd, Tamborine Mountain, QLD 4272)


Ruth talks about three key literary figures from Tamborine Mountain: Mabel Forrest, Judith Wright, and Raymond Curtis. Ruth is an academic, amongst other things author of the book chapter ‘Hugging the Shore: The green mountains of SEQ’ which discusses these three writers. Ruth is an adjunct staff member at the University of Queensland. Her current research includes environmentalism and literary studies, and American and Australian environmental writing.

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Life Writing: Dr Josephine Burden Jo-Burden

When: Fri 13 May, 10.00 – 11.00 am
Where: Tamborine Mountain Library (Corner Main St and Yuulong Rd, Tamborine Mountain, QLD 4272)
Cost: Free – but book on 5540 5473 (library)


Community arts practitioner and author Josephine Burden, currently living in Malta and running the Australia-Malta Community Arts Foundation, heads up a participatory discussion on ‘Life Writing’.* Listen to Jo talking about the process of writing her two published books, Washing up in Malta and Songs for a Blind Date. And share your experiences of Life Writing (if you have any), or find out what it’s all about if you don’t. For budding memoirists!

* The recording of memories, and experiences, whether one’s own or another’s. This applies to many genres and practices, under which can be found autobiography, biography, memoir, diaries, letters, testimonies, personal essays and, more recently, digital forms such as blogs and email.

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The Burning Glass 2016*

When: Fri 13 May, 7.00 – 9.00 pm
Where: Zamia Theatre, 22 Main St, Tamborine Mountain, QLD 4272
Cost: Gold coin donation


This Friday Night Philosopher’s Evening has an exciting line-up of speakers, who will tease out aspects of Judith Wright’s and Jack McKinney’s lives and work.  A stimulating session with time for Q&A and active audience participation. Bring drinks and nibbles;  sit with your friends and make new ones; tea and coffee available.


Aunty Ruby Sims (Wangerriburra and Mununjali elder:  Aunty Oodgeroo and Judith Wright

Matt Scholten (playwright): Writing Judith (Noni Hazlehurst one-woman show)

Alinta Krauth (digital artist): The Treemails Project (Scenic Rim-wide environmental project)

margy Rose (community arts worker): A drink with Jack at Clancy’s

Gemma Wright (great-niece of Judith): Imprints of Judith Wright (sharing community and family celebrations of Wright’s legacy)

Also poetry, discussion, Q&A

* Burning glass: a lens that concentrates the sun’s rays, causing ignition.

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Hearts Ablaze


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Voicings of Judith’s PoetrySAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

When: Wed 18 May, 4.30 – 5.00 pm
Where: Ohia Court Landcare site (Corner Long Rd and Ohia Ct, Tamborine Mountain, QLD 4272)

Pictured left to right: Tamborine Mountain President Judith Roland at the Ohia Court site with margy Rose and Arne Lange.


margy Rose and friends give eerily beautiful renditions of some of Judith Wright’s lyrical poetry, in the magical forest setting of the Ohia Court Landcare site, meticulously restored over many years by Tamborine Mountain Landcare and local residents (for more details of Landcare’s wonderful work, see: http://www.tamborinemtnlandcare.org.au/).

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Kath Walker (Oodgeroo Noonuccal) and Judith Wright: Shadow Sister Video

When: Wednesday 25 May, 2-3.30 pm
Where: Travelling Places Travel Agency, (24 Main St, Tamborine Mountain, QLD, 4272)
Cost: Free


This 1977 documentary entitled Shadow Sister: A Film Biography of Australian Aboriginal Poet Kath Walker features an encounter between good friends Kath Walker (Oodgeroo Noonuccal – a name meaning ‘paperbark’ that Walker used publicly from 1988) and Judith Wright, on Oodgeroo’s traditional land, North Stradbroke Island (Minjerriba). By this time, both women were recognised in Australia and internationally for their work.  The video explores many aspects of Oodgeroo’s life and work. She was a key influence on Judith’s poetry and ideas.

The sequence set on Minjerriba ends with the final lines of Wright’s poem ‘Two Dreamtimes’:  ‘My shadow-sister, I sing to you/from my place with my righteous kin’. Oodgeroo responds with lines from her own ‘Sister Poet’:  ‘And the shadow that made us sisters/That binds us close together/Together with us cries’.

A discussion of Oodgeroo’s influence on Judith follows the video.

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Walk in Judith’s and Jack’s Footsteps

When: Tues 31 May, 10.30 am – 1.30 pm
Where: Meet Long Rd, nr corner Hartley Rd
Cost: Free – but advise Janis if coming (0418 122 295) and to get exact details

Walk from the site of Quantum, Judith and Jack’s first home on Tamborine Mountain, to Manitzky Park (Manitzky Rd, off Main Western Rd), to celebrate Judith Wright’s birthday.  Poetry, voicings, friendly chat, cake. Bring refreshments, picnic.  The 101st anniversary of Judith’s birth.

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Prize Draw for purchasers of Fiona Rafferty print 

When: Tuesday 31 May, 3.30 pmStudio-View-Mt-Tamborine-2013,medium_large.2x.1446331450
Where: Library (Cnr Main St & Yuulong Rd, Tamborine Mountain, QLD, 4272)
Cost: Free


Fiona’s current exhibition ‘Reminiscence’, touring Queensland under The Flying Arts Alliance banner,* has been heavily influenced by the work of Judith Wright. ‘Studio View’, one of her prints available in limited edition, will be exhibited throughout May as part of the library’s Five Senses Art Exhibition. Fiona is offering a prize draw for anyone purchasing a copy of this amazing print.  The prize is the original ‘Calanthe’ series of 3 drawings, currently valued at $3,500. If you wish to purchase ‘Studio View’, Fiona’s website and contact details are below. Appropriately, the prize draw takes place on what would have been Judith’s 101st birthday.

About Studio View:

In 2010, Fiona relocated to Queensland after living in Western Australia for 25 years. Like Judith Wright, she discovered a strong sense of place, and was inspired by the natural environment. Fiona’s first studio on the mountain had a large window that looked out onto a small but lush section of remnant rainforest. The sound of the whip birds and bell-birds was tangible, but they were secreted from view. In ‘Studio View’, she has woven text through the vegetation that describe the many species of birdlife and flora and fauna living there, camouflaged by the tall trees and abundant ferns.

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* although unfortunately not in the Scenic Rim.

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