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Miranda Aitken commenced three different university courses and studied creative writing at Tafe before she finally accepted she was a writer and enrolled and completed a BA in Literature and Writing at ECU Southwest. A poet and musician, her love for literature and music was nurtured by her parents’ love of the arts, and a childhood spent growing up in the isolated southwest in the 1970’s, where there wasn’t much else to do beside read, listen to vinyl records, play by the river and adventure into the magnificent karri and jarrah forests, which her parents were actively trying to save from being turned into woodchips.
During her studies at ECU, Miranda Aitken continued to write her connection to nature and place, exploring issues of language and identity, and connections between ecology and literature, with a strong focus on poetry and Australian writing. She also worked in a bookshop and had her second child, but with invaluable mentorship from her course co-ordinator, she finally got to wear the black robes and silly hat with an invitation to do Honours.
Miranda Aitken’s poetry has received a Highly Commended in the Tom Collins Poetry Prize, and has been published in numerous anthologies, including Westerly New Creative, Poetry d’ Amour, Indigo Journal of West Australian Writing, and Best Australian Love Poems. She has a poem on the Busselton Jetty, and her poem ‘People of the River, Bilya/River Song’, greets visitors to the Heart in Margaret River’s art precinct. Her recent projects include a poetry and song performance piece called ‘My River’, which she performed at Denmark Festival of Voice and the Perth Poetry Festival last year; writing, singing and protesting with the Nannas for Native Forests, and performing with her sister in their band, The Moody Cows. She recently opened The Marritree, a bookshop, art and performance space in Witchcliffe which celebrates creativity and trees.
The Young@HEART music program is held at Margaret River HEART every Monday morning from 10am to 11am. The program does not run on public holidays or when there is another major event in the foyer.
The initiative was developed to safely encourage participation in the arts among older residents (over 60s) during the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Due to high interest, the free performances have since been opened to people of all ages. Nonetheless, the senior demographic still makes up the majority of the audience.
Young@Heart is broadcast live on Radio Margaret River.
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