One of the things I love most about the Australian summer festivals is the opportunity to meet with other people working in the oral tradition. At the Cygnet Festival 2014 I had the pleasure of meeting Phil Rush, originally from Victoria.
Born in 1939, Phil worked as a teacher for 36 years. He was drawn to the country and spent most of his teaching years in one and two teacher schools. In the early 80s he took on the job as Educational Consultant for an area that included Rosedale, Malacoota, Tubbut, Omeo, Swifts Creek … In 1957, alongside the teaching, Phil began working as a Methodist preacher (later the Uniting Church).
With his teaching and work for the church, Phil has been in a great position to refine his craft and absorb stories. No wonder they say, ‘Phil Rush has a story about anything’.
Read the full article about Phil HERE