I was lucky enough to attend a workshop for the Queensland Poetry Festival with poet Ali Cobby Eckermann, held at the State Library. I was battling the flu and hadn’t had the best of days – but the two hour workshop was worth the trip. During the workshop we did a number of writing exercises and contributed these to the group. Ali informed us all after we all spoke for the first time – that the exercise was designed to make us all feel equal. Ali had a way about her that made me feel quite comfortable in her presence.
Our writing excercises culminated in a final piece where we again contributed out aloud to the group. I enjoyed hearing the other attendees speak and have the courage to do so.
During the workshop I noticed that Ali was quite informative with a number of quotes I had to copy down.
“Our best armour is to know ourselves and to love ourselves.”
“Aboriginal poetry is world poetry.”
“Listen to your inner voice.”
“You have to learn to trust your writing.”
After the workshop I attended Ali Cobby Eckermann – A Night by the Fire. I hadn’t visited this space before – although I have been to Kuril Dhagan many times, and will be back to sit around the campfire. Ali spoke so wisely and is a true performer – she had the intimate audience enthralled. I thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon and was truly inspired by this amazing poet / writer.