Canberra poets unite to raise money to save little lives

Glynis Quinlan 14 March 2018

Nationally-acclaimed poet CJ Bowerbird. Photo: Patrick Cox/Sound & Fury.

Nationally-acclaimed poet CJ Bowerbird will headline the 2nd Annual Poetry Gala for Red Nose on March 28 at Smith’s Alternative.

CJ, who won the Australian National poetry slam in 2012, will add his voice to four other local poets to help raise much-needed funds for Red Nose.

“I’m excited to perform at the Poetry Gala and it’s great to help promote such an important cause as Red Nose,” said CJ, who has been telling stories through verse from his home in Canberra for the past nine years.

CJ endeavours to explore what it is to be human by writing about things we have lost, things we have never had and things that are slipping through our fingers.

“Poetry is an art form that is growing in Canberra and I’m happy that it’s being used to help lifesaving work,” he said.

This will be the second annual Poetry Gala for Red Nose, with the objective once again to help raise funds and awareness for the organisation.

“Events like these are an outstanding way to help raise funds and promote the Red Nose message and the last Poetry Gala was a fun and entertaining night,” said Red Nose Community Fundraising Coordinator, Trudy Taylor.

Red Nose, formerly known as SIDS and Kids, is an organisation dedicated to saving little lives and supporting bereaved families in the face of deaths in babies and children, including sudden and unexpected death in infants, SIDS, stillbirth, and accidental death.

Passionate spoken word artist Tahi Atea will be among the other performers. Photo by Adam Thomas.

The night will start at 7 pm with a $10 entry fee, with profits going to Red Nose in the ACT. For more information contact Bela Farkas on 0432 477 597 or email or click on the Facebook site here.

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