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Songcraft - the art of weaving poetry & song
7 wk course 16/3/06 - 27/4/06

By Chris Wheeler
Posted Friday, February 17, 2006

Seven week songwriting course

Thursday evenings at Collaroy Plateau

Cost: $195/$170 concession

Bookings: Email Aminah or call (0414) 887 624

This weekly songwriting circle teaches an understanding of lyrics-based songwriting, drawing on poetic techniques, eidetic imagery and classical and contemporary structures. Beginners, poets & songwriters welcome!

The course will be led by singer/songwriter Aminah Hughes, as an extension to workshops conducted at the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre in Perth, Western Australia.

Aminah Hughes

passive-aggressive folk singer

Aminah Hughes is a singer/songwriter, spoken word artist, poet and filmmaker. She has assumed a reputation as a passive-aggressive folk singer, with powerful lyrics that are truthful and daring. Her sensuous voice and resonating melodies have been described as both beautiful and haunting. A passionate storyteller, she believes that songwriters, like other artists, have an opportunity to say the things that others cannot say – to challenge the boundaries of cultural truth.

Although her focus is on songwriting, Aminah has had spoken word pieces published on national compilation albums, one of which was featured on Triple J radio station's Artery programme. As Young-Writer In-Residence, she conducted workshops on poetic songwriting at the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre, for which she is currently a member of the Board of Literary Advisers.

National Folk Festival

Aminah has been an invited reader and performer at several events and venues, including the Newcastle Young Writers Festival, Kulcha WA, Club Acoustica Sydney, Voicebox, Woven Words, New Word Order, the House of Blues, Melbourne's Dream Nightclub and EmPoWA's Poetry in the Park. She toured WA with cross-cultural singing group Yirra Yaakin Yowerliny, supported Robert James on his solo tour, shared the stage with Jimmy Little, GANGgajang and the Sydney Youth Orchestra and in 2006 will appear as an invited performer at the National Folk Festival in Canberra.

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