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A Celebration of John Clarke  /  Life & death

On Sunday 2 July, crowds filled the Melbourne Town Hall to pay tribute – and share in the humour of – the late satirist John Clarke. Here, we're sharing photos and a full audio recording of the event, as well as a rundown of the evening's programme. 

In this episode

Aunty Carolyn Briggs
Welcome to Country.

Bryan Dawe
A few words on John.

Brian Dawe — (Photo: Jon Tjhia)

Lorin Clarke
Thank you, welcome, and a little bit about the programme for the evening.

Lorin Clarke — (Photo: Jon Tjhia)

Mary Kenneally
Seamus Heaney’s ‘Post Script’.

Judy Horacek
An excerpt from ‘Quiz Answers’, a series printed in the Age and on John’s website.

Richard Keddie
On working with John Clarke.

Michael Heyward
On working with John as an editor. Ended with John reading from The Even More Complete Book of Australian Verse (CD).

Wendy Harmer
Reading from John’s latest collection of little stories, ‘Commonplace’, in Meanjin.

Martin Flanagan
Reading from John’s book, The Tournament.

Wendy Harmer — (Photo: Jon Tjhia)

Martin Flanagan — (Photo: Jon Tjhia)

Gina Riley
Reading her own poem, ‘John John Morrison Morrison’, heavily influenced by A. A. Milne, whom John believed to be heavily influenced by Australian poet RACV Milne (and whose work, discovered by John, is here).

Shane Maloney
On John and golf, frisbee, diving, and Shane’s cameo role in Stiff and The Brush Off.

Chris Wallace-Crabbe
Reading Part III of Auden’s ‘In Memory of W.B. Yeats’.

Paul Kelly, Vika and Linda Bull, Paul Dempsey, and Jeremy Smith
Singing Meet Me in the Middle of the Air, by Paul Kelly.

Andrew Denton
Reading Anthony Cronin’s ‘For a Father’.

Andrew Denton — (Photo: Jon Tjhia)

Fahey Scott-Younger
Reading ‘Frustration’ and ‘Comment’ by Dorothy Parker.

Geoffrey Rush
Reading ‘A Child’s Christmas in Warrnambool’ from John’s book, The Even More Complete Book of Australian Verse.

Rod Quantock
Reading extracts from Flann O’Brien's column in The Irish Times.

John Wolseley
On bird-watching. Ended with Callimachus's poem, 'Heraclitus'.

John Wolseley — (Photo: Jon Tjhia)

Kaz Cooke — (Photo: Jon Tjhia)

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