Poetic Sand

LOCATION: Verandah

Born in Eradu, Charmaine is a proud Wajarri, Badimaya and Wilunyu woman of the Yamaji Nation. A visual artist, author, poet, photographer, storyteller, social science researcher, and academic, she shares her cultural knowledge in many different spheres. Charmaine has written five books, won several awards including the prestigious Australian Literary Society Gold Medal, and her poetry is studied as part of primary and school curriculum. Involved with the Yamaji Art Centre in Geraldton for over 22 years, she is currently their Chairperson.

Charmaine is devoted to serving the community and does this creatively through an evidence-based lens, with honesty, humility, courage, and deep strength.

In her workshop Charmaine offers the festival a space to combine creating an original handwritten short poem worked into a small sand painting, with a focus on the festival location and home of the Baiyungu people and country . The created artworks will be displayed on a creative clothes line for the festival atmosphere and participants to read and enjoy.