June 23 – Poetica – feat. Tug Dumbly + Declan Kelly

Join us!

Poetica at Diamond Bay Bowlo .. say what? Yeah. We are trying another new space, keeping us on our toes and checking out the town. Join us people!

Tickets: HERE
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Featuring Tug Dumbly + Declan Kelly plus the Grand Old Open Mic.
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Tug Dumbly / Geoff Forrester

Tug Dumbly is the pen and stage name of Geoff Forrester, a Nowra-born poet and performer who has lived in Sydney for decades. He has worked extensively in radio, venues and schools, and founded a couple of seminal poetry nights in Sydney, including the legendary Bardflys, which he ran for seven years at the Friend in Hand Hotel, Glebe. He has performed his work as long-term resident-poet on ABC radio (Triple J, ABC 702), and released two spoken-word CDs through the ABC – Junk Culture Lullabies and Idiom Savant. His awards include the Banjo Paterson Prize for Comic Verse (twice), and the Nimbin Performance Poetry World Cup (thrice). His poems have appeared in many publications, including The Australian, Southerly and Best Australian Poems. He has been shortlisted several times for major awards, including three times for the Newcastle Poetry Prize. In 2020 he won the Borranga Poetry Prize. His first poetry collection, Son Songs, came out in 2018.

Aside from poetry, he plays music and writes songs. He has a family, does care work, walks and explores extensively and loves photography and nature, especially cicadas. He is confused about his name, and is slowly transitioning from Tug Dumbly back to Geoff Forrester.

Declan Kelly

Celebrating life as a father once again, Declan has poured every ounce of joy into his latest single ‘Billie’s On Her Way’. Declan knows no other way than to write lyrics from deep within, as he did on his acclaimed album ‘Views With A Room’ in 2019.
After a short COVID-forced hiatus, Declan returned in 2021 with previous single ‘Headlock’, a window into the eeriness of Sydney’s lockdown through his eyes. The single resonated with fans around the country, premiering on Double J & charting on the AMRAP regional charts, also reaching audiences in the US through Apple Music playlist ‘Unwind’.
‘Billie’s On Her Way’ changes the mood entirely, capturing the unbridled joy felt when Declan welcomed second child Billie into the world. Working closely with Grammy-nominated producer Justin Stanley (Prince, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Nikka Costa), this dreamy lullaby is the anticipation of holding your child for the first time & envisioning the wonderful years of fatherhood ahead as we “sway to the rhythm.”
“‘Billie’s On Her Way’ is my song to new life & love in the family fold – the anticipation of Billie & being there to Love, Guide & Navigate in the best way. Here’s to love & family!”
Respected by esteemed colleagues such as Bernard Fanning, Katie Noonan, Alex Lloyd & Kasey Chambers, ‘Billie’s On Her Way’ is indicative of the fine craftsmanship & special connection that only Declan Kelly can deliver.

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