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The Independent Weekly
October 9 - 15, 2009
1) Mr Moon
Heaven’s blanket lifts slowly in the morning.
Like a miracle, light seeps through the covers
to reveal the city,
moist, wriggling, bawling a first breath,
new day, new possibilities – New Delhi.
Roaring horns cover sorrows in one long note,
an alarm barely recognised by children.
Kings of castles of masonry and dust,
imagining godly mosaics in an aluminum glaze.
A breeze flaps relief from the mounting heat,
soothing adolescent passions and troubled minds,
as soldiers on hot pavements remain watchful.
Horses and donkeys dream of unknown pasture
tails flicking hapless flies into the thick of it.
Somewhere there’s the note from a bamboo flute
Rising above the money changers and hungry hands
clear, fresh and hopeful it flies,
to sit on golden domes and towers.
A faithful skyline promising blessings.
2) Moon Poem II
to tilt stars
in cosmic winks
while pearl moon
its oyster of blackness.
1) Michèle Nardelli & 2) Adrian Flavell were both
original contributors to Poet’s Corner.
Readers’ unpublished poems to 30 lines can be emailed with
postal address to poetscor firstname.lastname@example.org .
au or posted with an SAE to the Poetry Editor, Independent
Weekly, GPO Box 114 Adelaide 5001. A poetry book will be
awarded to each contributor.
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As a reader, I am always wary of picking
up books with local background and
identities. Perhaps this stems from the fact
that I didn’t grow up in Australia and the
references somehow fail to induce me. In
Cath Kenneally’s assured style of composi-
tion and characterisation, however, even
I managed to
come to grips
twined lives of
the pages at a
pace akin to a
on a sunny
Bay day. Of
course, as you
from a writer of Kenneally’s standing
(two previous novels and five collections
of poetry no less), the tome unfolds at an
ambient reading temperature.
A contemporary tale of the past and the
present meshing, as well as two sisters
coming to terms with life, and death, Jetty
Road serves to demonstrate that in the
correct author’s hands, the business of
transposing fictional lives into an actual
setting, can, and obviously does, work.
Jetty Road contains most of Kenneally’s
stamps as a writer: humour, exploration,
an eye for detail and, of course, a thor-
oughly researched and delivered tale.
Jetty Road was where I first lived after
migrating to Australia, so I have my own
distinct impressions of it, yet through
Kenneally’s writing I was able to see it in
an altogether different light – which is,
I suppose, about all the praise an author
of this intelligence would require from a
– Teri Louise Kelly
Wakefield Press, $24.95. Cath Kenneally
officially launched Jetty Road on
Wednesday at Angus and Robertson in Jetty
Jetty Road Cath Kenneally
In just six years, the Fleurieu
Folk Festival has grown from a
few people strumming guitars
at Aldinga one weekend to a
three-day, multi-location festival
which attracts thousands.
Under the direction of folk stal-
wart Peter Thornton, the festival
has been shaped into something
attractive and profitable to fit its
current location in Willunga.
He said the festival was born
on the coat-tails of the former
Victor Harbour folk festival. The
Fleurieu event began in Aldinga
2003, but hit a low point in 2006
when lack of funds forced its
cancellation. Since then, a more
focused approach has been taken.
“We had to plan things a bit
better to grow it into a legitimate
event,” Thornton said.
“We put it into a community,
whereas previously it had been in
the grounds of a hotel, and we got
a business plan together.”
Opening the event to a wider
audience has proved successful,
with attendances reaching 4500
in 2007 and 6000 in 2008.
Strong programming has lured
many of the folk scene faithful to
Aldinga, Thornton said.
“We have some of the
more experienced and estab-
lished performers, but we’re
very much focusing on passing
on the traditions and welcoming
the more modern folk expo-
This year’s highlights include
Brillig, a local act that has just
returned from an international
tour. Alan Johnston, from
Scotland, will also be making
the trip, along with the infamous
and well-loved Soursob Bob
and recent SA folk music award
Thornton said the compelling
bill was a result of greater
industry profile and a 25 per cent
increase in applications from last
“We advertise the festival
Australia-wide now so we have
hundreds of people apply from
all around the country and
The result, Thornton hopes,
will be an event which has
something for everyone, but still
holds true to the music.
“It’s about building a family
of like-minded people. We’ve
taken that approach from
the start. Build the family of
supporters and musicians, and
then people will enjoy the event,”
The Fleurieu Folk Festival
runs from October 23-25 in
Willunga. Program details
can be found at www.fleurieu
The OzAsia Festival has gone from
strength to strength over the past
couple of years. It was the 2009 Ruby
Award Winner for Best Event in 2008,
and rightly so.
The festival is innovative and
challenging, as well as stylish and
visually sumptuous. This year’s
showcase acrobatic performance,
Guangzhou Acrobatic Troupe of
China’s Journey to the West, which
depicts the traditional story about the
adventures of the monkey king, was
Journey to the West is one of the
best shows I have seen at the Festival
Centre. Vibrant and colourful, it was
a pleasure to watch from beginning
to end. The fact that I spotted a few
mistakes only made the perform-
ance more endearing for not being
absolutely perfect in every way.
With more than 50 artists portray-
ing characters such as the Spider
Demon, the Ox Monster and the
Iron-Fan Princess, the audience was
The sets were all stunning, whether
depicting lavish palaces or starlit
nights, and the choice of music was
an interesting blend of traditional
and modern sounds. The aerial
acrobatics in tissue swings, from
poles and trampolines were executed
with scary precision and some of the
floor work would have to be seen to
be believed. When you think it isn’t
humanly possible to somersault one
more time, the acrobats to it with a
The Guangzhou Acrobatic
Troupe of China is one of the largest
troupes in China and has performed
successfully all over the world,
winning more than 80 awards along
the way. The artistic director and
the acrobats certainly deserve every
accolade they have received. Let’s
hope this won’t be their last visit to
For more OzAsia Festival reviews,
visit www.independentweekly.com .au
That’s all folk
Local band Goldstein will play at this year’s Fleurieu Folk Festival.
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