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September 2016
02
September
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
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Darren Hanlon & Friends

Darren Hanlon, one of Australia’s finest song-writers. Darren has been touring all over Australia and other parts of the world for the past 16 years and now he is bringing his Wayward Bus Tour through Bourke to coincide with the start of the Festival of a Thousand Stories. Coming along with him are Melbourne’s folk songsters the Grand Magoozi, new signings to his label Flippin Yeah Records, and garnering much love on Regional ABC and national community radio with their…

Market Day @ the Wharf

Markets, food, music and stories beside the Darling River. Come along and tell YOUR story in the Festival ‘Story Chair’ – and if you are brave, submit yourself for a ‘portrait’ snapshot in ‘the face of Bourke’.

03
September
9:00 am — 12:00 pm
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Little Literature

This workshop by Graham Gibson, is for poets, writers or anyone who likes playing with words.

Life Writing

Ever wanted to tell your life story? – Life Writing is a free workshop where Greame Gibson will lead you through all the elements you need to bring your story to life!

Darling River Dirt Band

A local musical treat with the renowned ‘Darling River Dirt Band’ performing at the Port of Bourke Hotel, drinks and meals available.

04
September
8:00 am — 10:00 am
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Poets Breakfast

Release the Poets! – The inaugural Festival of a Thousand Stories Poets Breakfast – hosted by local poet, Andrew Hull. Come and join local poets and storytellers for a bacon and egg brekkie with real coffee and real stories, and be sure to bring one or two to tell – on the banks of the Darling at Bourke.

04
September
2:30 pm — 4:30 pm
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PV Jandra Cruise – Blues on The Boat

‘Blues on the Boat’ – a river cruise with a difference – lauded Australian writer and musician Frank Povah will be the mainstay of this ‘blues cruise’ with guest appearances from other Festival guests. – Bring a drink, pack a snack, and enjoy the blues on the famous paddleboat Jandra.

04
September
6:30 pm — 8:00 pm
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Poetry on a Plate

Dinner beneath the stars, around the campfire, with the finest Australian poetry and music.

05
September
9:00 am — 10:00 am
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Morning PV Jandra Cruise

Cruise the Darling on the Paddle Vessel (PV) Jandra with Captain William Hockins and learn more about the regions rich river boat history.

Come walk with us – Indigenous Tour

Take a look at Bourke through a different lense with the local Aboriginal tour ‘come walk with us’ – a walking tour along the river and the cultural centre with insights from local Aboriginal telling their story, their way.

05
September
1:00 pm — 4:00 pm
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Stories of the Road

Creative non-fiction with a focus on experiences of travel. Whether your interest is in a travel diary, memoir or “Wish you were here” postcards home, this workshop by Graeme Gibson will help.

Bourke Talks

Bourke Talks is an evening of local perspectives hosted by the Bourke Arts Council. Guests have been carefully selected and have each prepared a short talk on their particular area of interest – all relating to Bourke and surrounds.

06
September
11:00 am — 12:00 pm
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Bourke Cemetery Tour

Join Paul as he details the lives of some of the characters buried in the Bourke cemetery.

06
September
2:00 pm — 3:00 pm
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Bourke Cemetery Tour

Join Paul as he details the lives of some of the characters buried in the Bourke cemetery.

Life Writing

Ever wanted to tell your life story? – Life Writing is a free workshop where Greame Gibson will lead you through all the elements you need to bring your story to life!

Bourke Women’s Stories

Bourke Women’s Stories – Hosted by the Bourke Arts Council – a view of life in this iconic outback town from the women in front of, and behind the scenes. Dinner and drinks available.

07
September
8:00 am — 2:00 pm
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Poets Trek

The Poets Trek – heading off on an intrepid journey of writing and discovery through the story-rich landscape around Bourke with writers, musicians and poets in tow. Overnighting on the banks of the Barwon River at Brewarrina – not to be missed.

The Bourke Singers

The Bourke Singers – Hosted by the Bourke Arts Council – local talent comes to the fore as guests are entertained by a selection of songs from local ‘a capella’ performers. Dinner and drinks available.

Bourke Bands

Bourke Bands – Hosted by the Bourke Arts Council – a musical evening for all tastes. Big Band, Jazz, and Swing will slowly evolve into rock and roll and blues as a range of bands and performers play away all evening in both the Toorale Room and the back bar of the Port of Bourke Hotel, closing the festival with one last hurrah!

September 2017

Book Launch The ‘Could Be’ Ring

Author Alexandria Nagy will launch and talk about her new work and her upcoming ‘Bourke’ novel.

Mini Music Festival

Festival artists perform at the Wharf Precinct – BYO drinks and buy a nibble plate to enjoy the festivities

02
September
7:00 am — 8:30 am
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The Poets Breakfast

An literary feast on the wharf!  Come and join local poets and storytellers for a bacon and egg brekkie with real coffee and real stories, and be sure to bring one or two to tell – on the banks of the Darling at Bourke.

Market Day @ the Wharf

There is no better place to enjoy the beautiful Outback spring weather than Bourke’s Wharf Precinct on the banks of the Darling River. Market Days see the precinct become a bustling hub of activity, with locals catching up over a coffee and enjoying cakes made by some of the district’s best cooks.

Outback Show

A stockman style show conducted by Lachie Cosser – he is a true storyteller and animal wrangler!

02
September
3:00 pm — 5:00 pm
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Blues Cruise with Frank Povah and the Captain Starlight Express

Cruise the Darling on the Paddle Vessel (PV) Jandra with Captain William Hockins and learn more about the regions rich river boat history.

Saturday Sippers

Fi and Andy play the lazy Saturday Afternoon songs to help you sip away the day

Henry Lawson’s Wake

Locals and Lawson enthusiasts gather together on the 95th Anniversary of Henry Lawson’s death to discuss his legacy, poetry and stories. Music from Chloe and Jason Roweth plus the Festival Pop-Up Band.

02
September
8:30 pm — 10:30 pm
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Just Us

Bowling Club favourites ‘Just Us’ performing originals and pub classics well into the night.

03
September
8:00 am — 12:00 pm
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Poets Trek

The Festival Flagship – the Annual poets Trek. This year trekkers will venture in Lawson’s footsteps to Hungerford, via Comeroo, for a campfire session. Trekkers return midday Monday. ($350/head)

Outback Show

A stockman style show conducted by Lachie Cosser – he is a true storyteller and animal wrangler.

Sunday Sippers

Lachie Crosser’s Country Music Sunday afternoon

03
September
2:30 pm — 4:30 pm
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Afternoon PV Jandra River Cruise

Cruise the Darling on the Paddle Vessel (PV) Jandra with Captain Stephen Coade and learn more about the regions rich river boat history.

The Toorale Room

Story Telling Event featuring the stories of locals and invited guests.

03
September
6:30 pm — 8:30 pm
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Poetry on a Plate

Dinner and Poetry around the Campfire featuring Frank Povah

One-Eyed Film Festival

Short films made locally (Dubbo) projected onto the big screen at the Back of Bourke exhibition centre.

Festival Pop-Up Band

The Festival Pop-Up Band will be appearing around the town at random

Come walk with us – Indigenous Tour

Take a look at Bourke through a different lense with the local Aboriginal tour ‘come walk with us’ – a walking tour along the river and the cultural centre with insights from local Aboriginal telling their story, their way.

04
September
10:00 am — 12:00 pm
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Bourke Cemetery Tour

Join Paul as he details the lives of some of the characters buried in the Bourke cemetery.

Book Launch – Tony Pritchard

Partly truth, partly fiction, Tony Pritchard’s 2nd instalment of his ongoing affair with the Darling River – launched in Bourke

04
September
8:00 pm — 10:30 pm
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John Schumann & Friends play Bourke for RUOK

Over and above his passion for the work of Henry Lawson, John Schumann holds a distinguished place in the Australian music industry. Probably best known for his leadership of the legendary folk-rock band Redgum, and I Was Only 19, John Schumann has received almost every award the industry has to offer – some twice over. Free Concert – tickets required (Bourke Bowling Club)

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