Fireside Poetry Event - The Works and Story of Billy Wye, The last True Australian Bush Poet

This coming Saturday, the 4th of July, 2015 at 12pm - Flyfaire is presenting a wonderful afternoon of Fireside Poetry. The poetry will be centred upon a local poet by the name of William James (Billy) Wye (born: 1866 / died: 1952) who is often referred to as 'The Last True Australian Bush Poet'.

 
William James (Billy) Wye, Australian Bush Poet

William James (Billy) Wye, Australian Bush Poet

 

Billy Wye was from our region and died in Albury, New South Wales at the age of 86. His story is a bit of tragic one and, as part of the afternoon, we will be sharing it with you. An excerpt from a book about Billy Wye by Dianne Carroll (who will be present at the event), explains:

After his death, his biographical manuscript, along with a suitcase full of photographs and literature, disappeared [...]. It is said that a close friend of his destroyed them, because there may have been an uproar as some of the contents were very controversial.
— http://www.amazon.com/Billy-Wye-He-Was-Forgotten-ebook/dp/B008Q939YG
 
Dianne Carroll's book about Billy Wye, Australian Bush Poet

Dianne Carroll's book about Billy Wye, Australian Bush Poet

 

The afternoon will be presented by Dianne Carroll, the author of 'Billy Wye - He was forgotten' and Michael Elvins, 2GHR 96.7 Community Radio Station presenter. Key details of the event include:

  • Lunch will be served between 12pm and 2pm.
  • Poetry readings begin at 2pm and again at 4pm.
  • The schedule of poetry reading is as follows:
    • Dianne Carroll to introduce Billy Wye including his family background.
    • Michael Elvins reads two poems.
    • CD recording of two of Billy’s poems.
    • Dianne Carroll talks about Billy’s early life and WW1 service.
    • Two or more poems from Michael Elvins.
    • Two more CD song/poems.
    • Dianne Carroll talks about Billy’s family life and wanderings.
    • Two or more poems from Michael Elvins.
    • Two more CD song/poems.
    • Dianne Carroll concludes
    • Michael Elvins recites two last poems.
    • Conclusion with songs.

We will be asking for a gold coin donation to help Dianne Carroll's Trans-Help Foundation which would be gratefully received. 

You can also always purchase Dianne Carroll's works on 'Billy Wye - He was forgotten' - on Amazon or at the reading. 

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