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Musically Speaking


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When thinking about Melbourne as a City of Literature, we should be celebrating the extraordinary literary achievement of our songwriters.

Diverse, imaginative and daring, they’re an eclectic and talented bunch. Four of our much-loved musical talents come together to compare notes on process, on craft and on inspiration.


Rebecca Barnard

Rebecca Barnard is one of Australia’s most respected singer/songwriters who led the band Rebecca’s Empire. Rebecca Barnard has sung on recordings for Paul Kelly, Tim Rogers and Stephen Cummings as well as releasing three EPs and 2 albums with Rebecca’s Empire. The band featured for 3 years in ... Read more

Clare Bowditch

Clare Bowditch is a musician, broadcaster, sometimes actor, speaker, entrepreneur, and just recently became a top-ten, best-selling author.  Somewhat of a slashie you might say. She has won the coveted ARIA Award for Best Female for her music, the Rolling Stone Woman of the Year Award for her contr... Read more

Stephen Cummings

Stephen Cummings is a celebrated singer/songwriter and former lead singer of the Sports, who had the late 70s classic “Who Listens to the Radio?”. Leaving the Sports in 1981, Cummings started a solo career with a top 5 success of the single “Gymnasium”. He’s released over 20 albums includi... Read more

Jess McGuire

Jess McGuire is a writer and broadcaster based in central west NSW, and hosts breakfast radio each weekday morning on on ABC Western Plains. She previously appeared regularly as a reviewer and cultural commentator on Double J and ABC Local Radio stations across the country, and for many years she wa... Read more


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