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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
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Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
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Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole

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Save Medicare

Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

Me on Razor Sharp this morning
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Review of CD and book launch ‘Whose broken is this?

Whose Broken Is This ? CD and Book launch review by Leanne Wicks published poet, artist and historian.

“Through the bookcase door of Beyond Q on Saturday 30th March flourished a provoking fusion of poetry and music. Canberra poet, John Passant and Mallacoota duo Jim Horvath and Milena Cifali aka ‘The Awesome’, launched their book and CD Whose Broken is This?

Over sixty-five people witnessed the magic musical collaboration of Jim on bass, Milena on guitar and vocals as well as Canberra’s finest players of cello, Jessica Coote, mandolin, Tony Hunter , guitar, Johnny Reynolds and blues harp , DJ Gosper, and Orbost’s Robbie Beel on percussion. Thirty more people were turned away as the venue was full to capacity. The audience were challenged by John’s political and passionate poetry and confronted by deep questions about our impact on the environment.

This knitting together of poetry and music began last year when John gave Milena three poems to set to song for the National Folk Festival 2018. Since then, Milena has been working hard to compose music to recreate an album’s worth of John’s more personal poetry. It is a project that John has been keen to see through to completion and, though he is battling a rare form of lung cancer, he is determined to tour with The Awesome and celebrate the collaboration. The CD also has John reading his poetry backed by Milena’s classical guitar compositions.

Milena says, “it’s as if John handed me a big ball of wool and I’m knitting it into musical creations. Each composition fits the poem perfectly, they are warm and comfortable and even though I’m singing John’s words, the songs feel very much my own.”

Make sure you come to at least one of the events on the tour:

• Mallacoota Art Space, Maurice Ave, Mallacoota, Saturday 20 April, 4 – 5.30pm
• Smiths Alternative, 76 Alinga St, Canberra, Saturday 27 April, 4pm
• River of Art Festival event at Mannat, 53 Princes Hwy, Narooma, Friday 24th May, 7 – 9pm
• Mudbrick Pavilion, Mallacoota, Sunday 26 May, 4pm

Whose Broken is This? CD is $25 and the book $25. Both for $45. Message me for details if you want to buy a copy or copies.