Brenda Joy is a qualified and experienced educator and a multi award winning Bush Poet in both writing and performance. She draws on original, classical and contemporary material to present light-hearted, inter-active workshops for adults and for children of all ages.
JUDGING WRITTEN CHAMPIONSHIPS AND COMPETITIONS
Brenda Joy is an approved ABPA (Australian Bush Poets Association) judge for both written and performance competitions.
Written Judging engagements include -
2018 ABPA The 'Blackened Billy Award' for Written Bush Verse, Tamworth, NSW
Camooweal, Drover's Camp Festival - Bush Poetry and Song Writing Workshops
ABPA West Australian Bush Poetry Championships, Toodyay, W.A.
Ayr Zonta and Service Clubs
Burdekin Men's Shed
Cloncurry, (X3)Queensland Council/Community
Townsville (X2 Written) Bush Poetry Mates
CHILDREN'S WORKSHOPS include -
Mount Isa School of the Air (MISOTA) Mini School, Queensland
Camooweal State School - Camooweal, Queensland - Years P - 7
Charters Towers Regional and Youth Network - Charters Towers, Queensland
Dunedoo, (X2) NSW School workshops Years 5 - 8
Cloncurry (X 6) years 4 - 12
Camooweal (X 3) years P - 6
2017 Townsville Eisteddfod Bush Poetry Sections X3
AS A WRITER B.A. - Monash University, Melbourne.
Grad.Dip.T - Kedron Park Teacher's College, Brisbane.
Cert.Spec.Ed. - Kelvin Grove College of Advanced Education, Brisbane.
Australian Bush Poets Association (current Promotions Officer and Facebook page administrator) and Queensland Fellowship of Australian Writers
I am the host editor of Young Xpressions in the Free XpresSion printed publication.
Background Experience -
Employed by the Queensland Department of Education -nine years as a primary school and special education teacher (working in classrooms and in schools), specializing in teaching children with learning disabilities.
Long term involvement in many writing genres including biographies, short stories
and free verse poetry.
Poems and songs form part of individual and group collections throughout Australia. Books of original Children's Poems and Songs published in USA.