The Port Fairy Folk Music Festival is primarily about the music but there is always space for words. Jim Haynes has been running a program that celebrates words "spoken, written, recited, sung and shouted" for over 20 years.
Jim has a deep love of "Australiana"and has connections to the Bush Poets and Country music scene. He is the author of 15 books on Australia's social history and verse heritage.
This year he invited me (from Storytelling Vic) and Bush Poet Bill Kearns (from NSW) to contribute to the debates, workshop, concert, book launch and the Pat Glover memorial Storytelling Award.
Jim and I are chalk and cheese and that's the fun of it. The teasing and mocking was endless and good spirited and that's why I love Festivals!
Big thanks to Vic storyteller Julie Perrin for popping into the Pat Glover and sharing a story while the judges conferred.
You can read more about my adventures, and see the magnificent beards on display at the Pat Glover HERE
And here is Jim captured on camera talking about his role at Port Fairy. Thanks Jim for keeping the storytelling alive at PF.
Port Fairy Folk Music Festival HERE