JOEL MCKERROW (AUS)
Joel McKerrow is a writer, speaker, educator, community arts worker and one of Australia’s most successful internationally touring performance poets. Based out of Melbourne, Australia he is the Artist Ambassador for the aid and development organisation 'TEAR Australia' and was the co-founder of community arts organisation, 'The Centre for Poetics and Justice' (2010-2013). Joel also spends much of his time running poetry workshops within and other organisations around poetry, creativity, identity, social justice and spirituality.
Joel has been touring extensively throughout Australia and the world (USA, UK, Europe, NZ) over the last few years on the Global Poetics tour (2011), the Please Resist Me tour (2012), the Soles of Australia tour (2012), the One Foot in the Clay global tour (2012-13) and the These Wandering Feet tour (2013). Throughout this time he has performed alongside such poetry greats as Anis Mojgani, Shane Koyczan, Sarah Kay, Phil Kaye, Ken Arkind, Buddy Wakefield, Mahogany Brown, Jive Poetic, Carrie Rudzinski and Luka Lesson.
Raised in a family who lived out their deep commitment to reconciliation, Hannah’s own life path has continued to walk out that same conviction. Inspired by the World Christian Gathering on Indigenous Peoples - a movement she was raised in, Hannah is a co-founder of iEmergence International which operates in Canada and the Philippines, and Good Water – a gathering that nurtures a global Christian indigenous community of faith. Hannah is Ngati Tuwahretoa, Whakatohea and Irish and lives with her 3 children, parents, grandmother and extended whanau in their whanau papakainga in Turangi, where their aspiration is to collectively restore traditional ways of being on ancestral lands within their hapu and iwi context. Hannah works for The Parenting Place as a National Programme Coordinator and also admits to being a bit of a coffee snob.