A Celebration of John Clarke
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.
Aunty Carolyn Briggs
Welcome to Country.
A few words on John.
Thank you, welcome, and a little bit about the programme for the evening.
Seamus Heaney’s ‘Post Script’.
An excerpt from ‘Quiz Answers’, a series printed in the Age and on John’s website.
On working with John Clarke.
On working with John as an editor. Ended with John reading from The Even More Complete Book of Australian Verse (CD).
Reading from John’s latest collection of little stories, ‘Commonplace’, in Meanjin.
Reading from John’s book, The Tournament.
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).
On John and golf, frisbee, diving, and Shane’s cameo role in Stiff and The Brush Off.
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.
Reading Anthony Cronin’s ‘For a Father’.
Reading ‘Frustration’ and ‘Comment’ by Dorothy Parker.
Reading ‘A Child’s Christmas in Warrnambool’ from John’s book, The Even More Complete Book of Australian Verse.
Reading extracts from Flann O’Brien’s column in The Irish Times.
On bird-watching. Ended with Callimachus’s poem, ‘Heraclitus‘.
On emailing, including a version of this story about driving delivery vans in London.
On reading a poem together.
On John and sport, and Wednesdays at the ABC. The sporting documentary project Amanda and John worked on together was Sporting Nation.
On John’s passion for music. Reading A.D. Hope’s ‘Death of a Bird’.
Affinity Collective: Kristian Winther and Mee Na Lojewski
Maurice Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello (1920-22) II Très vif.
Reading ‘The Resolution of Conflict (concerning the Federated Under Tens’ Association and The Massed Five Year Olds)’ from John’s book, A Complete Dagg.
On John in New Zealand and London.
Colin Lane and Frank Woodley
A tribute to Clarke and Dawe.
Reading Gerard Manley Hopkins’s ‘The Windhover‘.
On John being an outsider. Reading Michael Leunig’s cartoon in honour of John.
Telling a story about John going body surfing.
Paul Kelly, Vika and Linda Bull, Paul Dempsey and Jeremy Smith with Melbourne Indie Voices (choir)
Performing ‘The Parting Glass’ (Scottish/Irish traditional song).
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