Today I did my first interview for Playful Art. It was with the lovely Linnet Hunter from WildSky. And we sat in her beautiful writer’s garden. I arrived on time. And I was really scared at first. But Linnet was great. She knew just how to calm my nerves. And the drinks and cakes were yummo! So thanks Linnet. I also arranged for Lindy to take some photos of Linnet and I. And the interview went as follows.
How long have you lived in Birre? And what lured you here? Or who?
I have lived in and around Birregurra for about 12years. I came following a man- the man left but I stayed on.
Why did you choose Birre? Were you running away from something? Or did your last town not have a skate park?
The man chose Birregurra and I agreed with that choice. Gorgeous main street, lovely people, train station with a line to Melbourne- what's not to love?
Has moving here been a good decision? Or a bad decision?
If 3 new businesses opened up in Birre, what would you like them to be?
Whisky bar, co-operative shared office space and an electric vehicle charging hub.
You’re a writing coach. Tell me how that works. And about the teams. And do they have a writing grand final?
I coach people in all sorts of ways, but not sports! This kind of coaching is more like being a guide who can help you find the way- the simplest way. In writing I help people say more with less words. The main part of my work is asking questions. Looks like you'd be good at that!
You recently created a writer’s garden. Tell me about it. And why do writers need gardens? I don’t get it!
Writers need quiet spaces, away from daily hustle so they can think, which is the core of writing. The garden I am creating is that kind of place - peaceful and poetic.
Why did swear words get invented if we’re not allowed to say them?
Like all our language, it wasn't an invention, it just evolved. Swear words are anything people find offensive so they are mainly on taboo subjects. The topic isn't mean to be discussed by polite people so the words about them are off limits too.
You like poetry. Can I ask why?
Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words. Robert Frost
My research tells me you play a zither. What the heck is a zither! And why did you choose it? And not a guitar?
I am learning the autoharp which is a kind of zither. It's a 36 stringed instrument like a small harp but with chord bars. I needed an instrument that I could use to add music to my poetry performances and Angie from The Zither House in Birregurra ( which by the way is the only zither centre in the southern hemisphere) helped me choose it and learn to play it. Thank you Angie! I love it.
My research also tells me that you cut your grass with a scythe. Why do you do that? Are you nuts? Or did someone steal your lawn mower?
No one stole any lawnmower- I don't like them. Lawnmowers produce more air and noise pollution than cars, and I don't own one. A scythe is a beautiful, traditional way to cut grass that is silent and keeps you fit. And yes, the neighbours think I am crazy. I hope I am.
What’s you favourite kids book? And grown ups book? And what are you reading right now?
My favourite children's book is hard to say- each week I would give you a different answer... I love so many of them and as a past reviewer who received hundreds of free copies I have a huge collection! This week my favourite is The mouse and his child by Russell Hoban. Grown up book is Middlemarch by George Eliot and right now I am reading Humankind: a hopeful history by Rutger Bregman
What’s your all time favourite kids movie? And grown ups movie? And you can’t pick Ground Hog Day. That’s my favourite.
Wizard of Oz and Cleo from 5 to 7 by Agnès Varda made in 1962.
What style of music do you like? And who’s your favourite band? And solo singer?
I love gospel, soul and heavy rock. My favourite solo singer (this week) is Mavis Staples, and the band would be Muse.
What’s your favourite type of food? And drink? And what do you dislike eating the most?
My favourite food is nibbles. For example, a ploughman's' lunch - fine bread, cheese, olives and the like. Oh and chocolate. I dislike eating food I have cooked, cause I really dislike cooking. It's my least favourite chore.
What’s the best present you ever received? And it can’t be from your family.
A great present I received was a mermaid writing desk.
If you won Tattslotto, what would you do with the money?
I would get my tiny caravan on the road and make a travelling show of word and song.
Tell me something about Linnet Hunter that nobody else knows?
If nobody else knows it it's going to stay that way! but a little known fact is that I celebrated my thirteenth and my twenty-fifth birthdays in Srinagar, Kashmir, India.
What are you most proud of in life?
My three children.
What do you remember most about being a teenager?
That it was ghastly. I am glad I don't have to relive that.
What advice can you give me? About growing up.
Don’t wish your life away
a vent’s point of view
A big hi to all of our followers. And welcome to my space. On our new and amazing website. I make it my job to be all over what’s happening here at Playful Art, and around the traps, so that you’ll get the news as it happens. If you’re here for the lowdown on what really takes place at Playful Art. And who’s doing what in Birre. And Colac. Then you’ve arrived at the right place. And just in time!
I’m planning to conduct a number of delving, in depth interviews with some of our community members over the coming weeks. Beginning with the lovely “hubba hubba” Linnet Hunter from WildSky coaching. You won’t want to miss this delve. So have your eyes and ears peeled and log onto our website for this one!
Like everywhere else it’s been pretty quiet here since the Big Covid hit. Lockdown prevented most of our ’on location’ shoots. But that’s about to change. The phone has started ringing again. And word’s got out that Playful Art’s just completed a number of very successful in store photo shoots. Around Birre and Colac. So if you want to value add to your business, with your very own personalised greeting card, then shoot me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll see what we can do for you.
Extraneous (gotta love big words) info that I wheedled out of our models during their lunch break.
Who’s your favourite Aussie role model? Past or present.
Frank - Asst.Comm. Frank Green
Gloria - Fiona Falkiner
Edwin - Steve Irwin
Pete - R. M. Williams
Laura - Dr. Mike Rhodes
Wesley - Gough Whitlam
Celia - Dame Edna Everage
Harry - Charlie O’Hare
Winnie - Miss Bianca
Willy - Bernard
Lindy - Julia Gillard
Me - Tim Minchin
brother from another other?