A tribute to Bob McKinnon

In October 2021, we lost a wonderful poet, sculptor, great supporter of WOL and generally bloody nice buy in Bob McKinnon.

Bob was mentoring Linton Sharples, who has penned this tribute to Bob. We’re told the pair were to have done a combined exhibition last year at the Dunolly Arts Hub, and Linton’s collection, Ramblings of a Slow Talking Poet, is to be updated to include the piece.

Details: Linton Sharples aka ‘The Slow Talking Poet’ has been writing verse since his late teens. He is a Central Goldfields writer with an acquired brain injury, and his original work has been shown in exhibitions online at the Dunolly Arts Hub, presented at open mic sessions in the region with poet legend mentor Bob McKinnon, for Words in Winter Central Goldfields 2021 at Maryborough and Dunolly, and for Clunes Words in Winter 2021. He is so grateful for Bob’s mentoring he wrote this tribute to his memory.

It reads:

Ode to Bob McKinnon

Bob grew up on Misery Plains,

Died in Clunes aged 62.

From his family and friends,

Hear the sad refrain.

Bob was a man among men,

That’s why we’re all so blue.

By The Slow Talking Poet.

(copyright #theslowtalkingpoet 2021)

Great Book Drive @ the Gatehouse Ballarat

We are very happy to finally be able to run our Great Book Drive, in support of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation!

We had quite a blast the last time we did this, having plenty of conversations about writing, poetry and books with browsers, and even sharing some spoken word.

This time we have fewer restrictions, so folks are welcome to bring books to swap or donate, and of course to simply take! All we ask is for a donation to go to the ILF regardless.

The event will again be held in the gorgeous grounds of the Gatehouse Cafe, at the Lydiard Street entrance of the Ballarat New Cemetery, and coffee and food will be available.

Details for the Great Book Drive: Sunday, 3 April, 1.30-3pm, at the Gatehouse

Please pop in, say g’day and grab a bargain or three for a good cause.

Leftover books will go to charity unless other arrangements are made. Contact us at wolballarat@gmail.com if you’d like to donate books but can’t make it on the day, and we’ll see what we can work out!