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Busking without a plan B

I wrote a story for the Newcastle Herald on talented Novocastrian Musician Jack Dawson.  Click here to read the original story (with photos), or just scroll below.

TWENTY-FOUR-YEAR-OLD musician Jack Dawson hasn’t worked a real job since he was fired from McDonald’s as a teenager.

Despite this minor setback, the Novocastrian street busker doesn’t seem too concerned. Guitar-playing has given him his (…)

Keo Match: Street art with edge

 I wrote a story on my friend and artist Keo Match for the Newcastle Herald. Click this link to read it and see the pictures, or just read below!

My success will always peg on my happiness, says 28-year-old Keo Match. “Art and creative pursuits are my goal.”

Despite being colour-blind and diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Keo (his signature) has worked successfully (…)

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Story on my friends Elena and Tristram in The Newcastle Herald!

I have two really cool friends here in Newcastle, Elena and Tristram, and I was so excited when right before Christmas I got permission to write a story about their journey as writers for The Newcastle Herald. I’ll update this post shortly with links to everything, and in the meantime click on my story here or just have a read (…)

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Ripe for Performance

An Interview with Beth McMahon, Gabriel Partington and Michael Bevitt

“It’s a very silly piece, hopefully more than silly; it’s not very often you get to see live oranges on stage, and people drowning themselves in orange juice,” actor and performance maker Gabriel Partington said of his upcoming performance at Crack Theatre Festival, For the Love of An Orange.

Michael, Beth and (…)

Devised Dancing Despite Distance

Far Flung is a long-distance dance work, part installation and part performance. The dance troupe members have been interacting with each other solely through Skype until a few weeks ago.  They recently met up in Melbourne to practice in person for the first time, and that session is where they were able to get the photo for this story. 
They (…)

Howl like a Tassie Tiger

An Interview with Selena de Carvalho

Cross-disciplinary artist Selena de Carvalho grew up in Newcastle, and she’s been to many TiNAs over the years, including the very first.

“I often find projects to return to Newcastle with. My grandma still lives there. She and I usually go and play croquet when I’m in town. They have really awesome [croquet grounds], pretty much (…)

Wishing While Walking Through Time

An Interview with Josephine Were

In late June, performance maker Josephine Were (28) came from Adelaide to Newcastle and hung out on Hunter Street and the CBD. During her visit she would stop people and ask them what their wish would be for the future of Australia in 10 years.

“I finished school 10 years ago and started thinking about how (…)

Calling on the Audience

An interview with Grant Moxom, Felicity Nicol and Melissa Lee Speyer
By Alex Morris @Nemiwai
Grant Moxom doesn’t believe the government is spying on us. He thinks we’re spying on ourselves by supplying businesses with data and statistics.
“The businesses and companies who collect our information are not our friend,” Grant said.
The 25-year-old technical director and devisor has a background in IT, psychology (…)

Musical Poetry Teamed with Scenes on Screens

An interview with Josh Donellan and Mike Willmett
By Alex Morris @Nemiwai
When 30-year-old Poet Josh Donellan (JD) was growing up, he hated Australian Bush poetry. Later in his life, things changed. He found the Australian poetry scene and started listening to Mos Def and Saul Williams. He’s now a novelist, holds poetry workshops with kids and will be performing with sound (…)

Sounds Promising

An Interview with Composer-Performer Eve Klein
By Alex Morris @Nemiwai

Image by Ravi Glasser-Vora

When Eve Klein isn’t performing or composing like as she’s doing at Crack Theatre Festival with AñA Wojak for performance and installation sincerely yours (love letter project), you might find her in the bush, walking, listening and recording. Sometimes she stops to listen for only 10 seconds, sometimes she’ll record (…)