Hip hop poets launch Write Around the Murray

08 August 2016

Write Around the Murray has launched its 10th festival with a rush of words from hip hop poets Omar Musa and Philly at the LibraryMuseum.

Philly won the 2015 National Indigenous Music Awards New Talent of the Year and you can hear him on Triple J’s “Like A Version”. You can hear spoken word artist Omar Musa’s standing ovation performance at a TEDx talk.

Write Around the Murray, 7-11 September, is celebrating a decade of bringing some of Australia’s best writers to Albury and this year organisers are proud to announce that ABC political commentator Barrie Cassidy, much-loved children’s author Jackie French and the writer of TV’s Offspring Debra Oswald will be among the headline acts.

This year’s festival and Schools Program features more than 60 events and 30 writers. Highlights will include:

  • Barrie Cassidy in conversation on opening night, Wednesday 7 September, 6pm-7pm at the LibraryMuseum. Cost: Gold Coin
  • Jackie French at the Wood Fired Oven in Hovell Tree Park on Sunday 11 September 12-3pm, sharing stories about gardening, using seasonal produce and living with native wildlife.
  • Offspring writer Debra Oswald talking about her novel Useful with ABC Tv's The Book Club's Jason Steger on Sunday 11 September 3-4pm at the LibraryMuseum. Cost: Gold Coin
  • Stereo Stories festival dinner featuring song memories from four authors on Saturday 10 September at the LibraryMuseum. Cost: $45
  • The festival's first poetry slam "WAM Slam", a NSW heat of the Australian Poetry Slam on Friday 9 September, 7.30pm-9.30pm. Cost: Gold Coin

Festival co-ordinator Ann-Maree Ellis said 10 years was a great achievement and urged the community to embrace all the festival has to offer.

“You never know what could happen by attending Write Around the Murray,” she said. “Fleur Ferris attended a festival mentoring session with a publisher back in 2012, got a contract, is now a published author, part of our Schools Program and will feature in our “Publish Me!” event on the festival's final day.”

AlburyCity Mayor Henk van de Ven said Albury should be proud of the festival and encouraged residents to check out the program and attend an event.

“There’s something for everyone at Write Around the Murray and most of it is free or only costs a gold coin donation,” Cr van de Ven said.

This year’s festival theme is Unsettling the Story – Memories and Imagination. Find out more at writearoundthemurray.org.au