FOR performance poet Jackie Graham, the first time she saw the Highland Gathering parade, she wanted to be part of the action.

"The pipes went past and I thought 'I want to be a piper', and then the drummers were like 'Oh I want to be a drummer.', but I ended up making cups of tea at the showground." she laughed.

This year, she'll get her chance to show off all her skills.

Jackie will perform her poetry work alongside other budding bards at the inaugural CWA Maclean Poets Breakfast and Brunch on March 26 - the Saturday morning of the Highland Gathering, and says the festival spirit is wonderful.

"When the streets are lined with all the locals, it gives you a rush and makes you all tingly," she said.

Performance poet and Maclean CWA member Jackie Graham iis organising a Poets Breakfast to run before the Highland Gathering street parade on Easter Saturday.
Performance poet and Maclean CWA member Jackie Graham iis organising a Poets Breakfast to run before the Highland Gathering street parade on Easter Saturday. Adam Hourigan

The event is being run by the Maclean CWA which Jackie is a member, and for $7 for a pre-parade breakfast, or $5 for a post-parade brunch you get a wonderful feed and enjoy the best in poetry, including travelling bard Warwick Murray from Lochaber who will present some of Robert Burns' famous ballads.

"We've also got well known personalities Bill Kearns and Noel Charles will be there to support the occasion," Jackie said.

"And other bravehearts are encouraged to join in the non-competitive entertainment and recite their own poetry."

The event is a fundraiser for the Maclean CWA who maintain the rooms in River Street, Maclean, which is used by many community groups.



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