Vale Bob McKinnon

Bob McKinnon at Words Out Loud
Bob McKinnon at Words Out Loud

Friends, it is with a sad heart that we share the news that Clunes poet Bob McKinnon passed away suddenly on Friday 1 October.

Bob was a regular performer at and staunch supporter of Words Out Loud; a sculptor, musician and one hell of a poet.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends, and we know his passing will leave a hole not just in their lives, but in the social and artistic community to which he contributed so much.

We were privileged to have Bob on our stage, so, in tribute, here is one of his performances, the unforgettable ‘Misery Plains’, from a WOL night in August 2019.

You’ll be missed, Bob, and never forgotten.

Open mic opportunities in the Central Highlands

As we emerge, haltingly, from our long Covid winter, it’s pleasing to see some opportunities for spoken word performers this month.

Words in Winter, Maryborough

Gregg Joseph & Friends – Music and Words

Enjoy an afternoon of first-class music and readings from musicians, writers, and poets. Light refreshments at interval. Bookings not required, all welcome.

Date: Sat 7August

Time: 2pm – performers, please sign up on the day between noon and 1pm

Cost: $10 (includes light refreshments at interval)

Venue: Maryborough Senior Citizens’ Hall, Alma Street, Maryborough

Enquiries: Gregg Joseph, 0457 495 007

Words in Winter, Clunes

WOL regular Bob McKinnon is running an event at the former Senior Citizens Hall, 25 Fraser St, on 15 August, kicking off at 1pm. Open mic welcome! There also will be archival footage of poetry performances from the famed Dan O’Connell, courtesy of Ken Smeaton. Bob says, ‘Pop up and do something if you like. All welcome.’ Wine and nibbles at the end! 

FEARless voices – Open Mic Spoken Word

Hosted by Megan J Riedl
Saturday 21 August 2021
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

At the FEAR Gallery – The Female Experience Art Rebellion, Shop 59, Bridge Mall, Ballarat

Give voice to your poetry, stories and tales in a supportive, safe, feminist space.
Come to share or come to listen and support – all welcome. Sign up for the Open Mic upon booking, or on the day. Writing or performing experience not necessary.

Bookings essential. Limited places.Tickets

Tiny Arts Festival, Creswick

Creswick Neighbourhood Centre is having a Tiny Arts Festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 27-29 August, at the Courthouse Theatre, 4 Raglan St, Creswick. They are looking for writers who would like to read from their own work – or someone else’s – for the Lost Art of Elocution event on Friday 27 August at 7pm. In particular, they are looking for readers with a bit of dramatic flair, so actors are also welcome. See