Tea, damper and a yarn with Uncle Herb

Love a great yarn? Then you don’t want to miss this.

Herb Wharton is hosting a billy-tea and story-telling at the Customs House on Saturday morning, April 19.

Bring the family and share a cuppa and some damper with one of Australia’s great characters.

Herb is one of the featured artists at this year’s inaugural  Goondiwindi Poetry and Arts festival, Distant Voices.

“Uncle Herb”  Wharton is an internationally-acclaimed Aboriginal author, poet, oral historian, novelist, short story writer and storyteller who left school at 12 and began droving. He has possibly seen more of outback Australia from horseback than most  European explorers combined. Herb has experienced more than 40 years of living a bushman’s life:  a drover, stockman, rodeo rider and all-round bush worker. He was awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal 2003 for service to Australian society and literature.

Poet and author Herb Wharton.

Poet and author Herb Wharton.

Herb was born in Cunnamulla in western Queensland in 1936. His maternal grandmother was of the Kooma people; his grandfathers were Irish and English. Uncle Herb is now an Elder of the Kooma people, a trustee of Eulo Aboriginal Reserve, a former member of the board of directors of Cunnamulla Aboriginal Housing Co- op and a life member of the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame. ‘Uncle Herb’ is one of Australia’s most- travelled writers, both locally and internationally, and is an ambassador for not only Aboriginal people and their literature, but also mainstream Australia, in regards to cultural tourism.

Contact Heather Haley Scanlan on 0427751144 for details.