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Hills Gazette - - NEWS - BILYA KEP WAAGNKINY NOONGAR PO­ETRY READ­INGS WHERE: WHEN: PHONE:

PO­EMS telling of the Stolen Gen­er­a­tion and Noongar soldiers will come alive in Northam this week­end.

The Bilya Kep Waagnkiny Noongar po­etry read­ings will take place at the Northam Link The­atre on Sun­day, Novem­ber 5, at 2pm.

Af­ter per­for­mances in York and Quairad­ing, the fi­nal po­etry read­ing for the year will be ac­com­pa­nied by didgeri­doo player Ian Wilkes and three mem­bers of the Perth Sym­phony Or­ches­tra.

“It’s go­ing to be an ex­cit­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion for the group, com­ple­ment­ing the po­etry with tra­di­tional mu­sic fused with clas­si­cal sounds from the or­ches­tra,” mu­sic di­rec­tor Wilkes said.

The event will in­clude po­ems about the Stolen Gen­er­a­tion, Noongar soldiers in the Viet­nam War and trips through Coun­try by new and estab­lished po­ets.

Bilya Kep Waagnkiny means ‘ river wa­ter sto­ries’ and the Northam event will in­clude Janet Kick­ett, Yvonne Kick­ett, Deb­o­rah Moody, Alf Tay­lor, Ros­alie Quar­ter­maine, Merle NarkleGood­win, Julie Wynne, Daniel Hansen and Hay­den Kick­ett.

“It’s been quite a jour­ney” Northam El­der and poet Yvonne Kick­ett said.

“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 our shows along the way.”

Es­teemed Aus­tralian poet Alf Tay­lor, who has grand- chil­dren in Northam, has joined the en­sem­ble and is look­ing for­ward to read­ing to fam­ily and friends.

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

The event is free but seats are lim­ited. Tick­ets at Eventbrite or call 9226 2422. Northam Link The­atre, 89 Duke Street East, Northam. Sun­day, Novem­ber 5, at 2pm. 9226 2422.

Pic­ture: Natal­ija Brunovs

Bilya Kep Waagnkiny po­ets at the York Fes­ti­val.

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