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Yesterday I joined the panel on Words Out Loud, a regular slot on PBA FM, Salisbury’s community radio station.

 

Hosted by Joanne Baker, the focus is to promote local writing and literary events with featured writers talking about their latest publications, so I went along to chat about more than here.  With tip of the day, the five-word challenge and a roundup of recent and future events, there was a lot to cover in the half-hour slot.

Joanne opened the show by introducing the panel (I joined Carolyn Cordon and Gordon McPherson on this one, both poets), who shared news of local writing groups followed by the tip of the day. Next up me. I explained how my collection came about, spoke about the different themed-sections and read a poem from the first with a focus on family.

Before the show, we were asked to complete the five-word challenge from the previous week to incorporate ‘intensity’, ‘nomadic’, ‘fire’, ‘unreal’ and ‘open’. It produced some interesting pieces that we shared on air, after which point I chose five words from more than here for the next challenge

Thankfully it was pre-recorded for Joanne to work her editing magic. The program will be broadcast next Tuesday at 11:30am after the weekly Well Versed readings, which I was also proud to be involved in (my poem’s scheduled to air Tuesday 12 March along with Joanne’s). I wasn’t able to attend the launch unfortunately, which by all accounts was a success and well attended, but my visit to the station did allow me to buy the full set on USB.

Being interviewed on radio was a first for me, one that I hope to repeat if opportunity allows. Next to finalise the launch of the collection. Watch this space!

This morning I recorded one of my poems for PBA FM’s ‘Well Versed’ Program, to be aired during next year’s Adelaide Fringe as part of Salisbury’s Secret Garden.

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PBA FM is a community radio station offering a diverse range of programs, giving voice to those who may feel excluded or find it difficult to participate in social, cultural and political aspects of everyday life.

One such program is ‘Well Versed’ devised by Joanne Baker. Poets were invited to submit work to be broadcast as part of the program and those selected by the judges, invited to record their poem in the studio. Joanne was keen to have poets read their own work rather than an announcer, so listeners get the true interpretation of the piece. Joanne also hosts ‘Words Out Loud’.

It was a great experience, a first for me, and wonderful to meet others who are passionate about getting poetry out there. A CD will be compiled of all the readings available to buy, with each being aired next February/March. So as well as hoping to be a reviewer again, I’ll be a Fringe artist, yay!

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