Bio

 

 

 
THE PAINTER:
The wound is the place light enters you. - Rumi
 
Before I ever aspired to be an artist, or even admitted to myself that there was the remotest chance that I could express myself in such a way, I undertook post graduate studies in Creative Arts Therapy.  One of the most profound pieces I drew during that course was a teapot. Not just any teapot, but a cracked teapot. I literally saw myself as a broken vessel, something so full of loss and grief it could never be healed.
Fortunately, it was brought to my attention that this was not a broken pot, but a pot through which light could enter. I have come to appreciate the art of imperfection and particularly Kintsugi (the art of repairing damaged pots with powdered golden and silver dust mixed with lacquer.) And so I now celebrate imperfection.
It is with this focus that I approach my art, searching for the place where the light enters me, the artist, enters the work, touches the viewer, and expands to be the place where our own light, own inspiration, own spirit emerges with all its imperfections and take its rightful place in the world.
The act of laying down a foundation of Gold, Silver or Bronze powders, leaf or paint, even before I start lifts me beyond the ordinary, the poet and storymaker to sub-creator. To do this is I use a mixture of paints, metal leaf, rust, patina, plasters and wax to create heavy texture and multiple dimensions and let much as much nuanced light as possible into each of my paintings. 
The paintings currently exhibited include THE Teapot, a representation of that  original teapot. Deliberately painted on a pre-used canvas with cold waxes and glazes in a thwarted attempt to hide past imperfections, then highlighting them in gold leaf, Kintsugi style. 
 
 
 
THE POET:
".......if there's a diva of Brisbane poetry this lady's it."
Darkwing Dub - compere Words or Whatever

 
Marilyn Roberts is a multi award winning storyteller, performance poet and author. In her latest guise as the Nag Hag she has been delighting poetry audiences both young and old. Her poetry is a sassy and wild romp through what has been an extremely turbulent  life.

Marilyn has used these experiences not only in her debut album the
"Nag Hag Bites Back" to poke fun, not just at herself but at life in general. She also uses them in her resilience workshops for adults and children. Be prepared to laugh and shed some tears as she shares the craziness of her life and encourages you to do the same.

Currently writing and researching an expose of the the role of the masonic order in the lives of early convict Australia Marilyn is still
 
 
WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT HER
AS A PAINTER
I am stirred when I look into one of Marilyn's painting. She has shared the light in her.....through brokeness and pain... so that we might stand before it in recognition of the deep light within us longing to be free and find expression in the world.  Miriam Nyrene Qld Churches Environmental Network
AS A PERFORMER
As a performing poet,there are few who can perform at her level. Jill Perrin President North Pine Poets Group

Being game to walk the line to dare and not sit back means that she has also had to reconcile the hidden parts of her life, “her bold and distinctive poetic voice does just that – [allowing her to] be many things all at once” (Eleanor Jackson – Words or Whatever).
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I have always been impressed with her performances as she has such a passion for the Australian spirit and this is reflected in all her shows. Jacqueline Bridle Co-ordinator Spoken Word Woodford Folk Festival


Thank you, I feel ten years younger…. Female Resident Maranatha Retirement Village

I wasn’t going to come, but I’m glad I did – I would have gone without lunch to see this. Thank you. Male Resident Maranatha Retirement Village

Thank you so much for your enthusiasm & empathy...you certainly kept the interest of our residents and brought back lots of memories for them. Ruth Stibbs Diversional Therapist

The customer feedback was positive. They valued the session you presented and praised your skills. Chris Gissing Librarian Chermside Library

AS A WORKSHOP FACILITATOR
The feedback from the workshop was very positive and clearly indicated that all who attended enjoyed and benefited from the experience. Comments from the workshop include
Enjoyable and enlightening
Practical. Some good stories to tell the children
Clear and interesting session
Very informative and fun.” Sharon Ross, Early Childhood Consultant Creche and Kindergarten Ass.

Comments from Sunshine Coast Early Childhood Conference
A most enjoyable interactive workshop
Wonderful she gave her stories interest…Marilyn was having a great time and it showed
Very interesting kept me on the edge of my seat

AS A CHILDREN'S STORYTELLER
Not only did you delight everyone on the day, but you’ve also taught us a lot about managing such events for the future. Marcella Danks Friends of Ithaca library

Your talents were greatly appreciated, but more than that your attention to providing an experience that accepted children at their own level and explored ideas with them in safe and inclusive ways, was greatly appreciated by staff. Anne Marlay, Director Graceville Community Kindergarten and Preschool

…unique and entertaining performance….I’d also like to thank you for your willingness in sharing your stories and ideas. Penelope Hagstrom Young People’s Librarian Townsville Library

CAREER STUFF

Diploma of Teaching - General Primary
Bachelor of Arts - Library and Information Science
Graduate Diploma - Experiential Art Therapy
Diploma - Yoga Teaching


Marilyn began her career as teacher. This, combined with odd jobs during holidays in factories, in nursing home and as a tour guide gave her a great grounding in the gift of the gab and a great eye for what makes people tick. It was her eventual career in public libraries that really fueled her interest in story both written and spoken. The love of story gave her a great grounding in telling tales from the classical to the bizarre.

Stories became more of a passion after the death of her son, when she discovered for herself the healing power of story. It was in Brisbane that she was exposed even more to story and poetry and yoga studies combined with  intensive studies in creative  art therapy  have since  help develop many writing techniques to assist others in their healing.

Marilyn has dabbled with a number of poetry forms, leading to active participation in North Pine Bush Poets Society and the bush poetry scene for a while. Her own writing style was developing at his stage and as she journalled her way through the next few years till she found a voice uniquely her own, producing children's stories and poems that were to become the foundation of the Nag Hag.

Recent Past Shows of Note
MC and storytelling for teller2teller
Pearl, Poets and Pasties - Brisbane Square Library 2011
Finalist - Spirit of Woodford Storytelling Competition 2010
Regular feature poet Confit Bistro 2010
Featured poet Kurilpa Poets 2009 & 2010
Featured travelling storyteller - Qld Under Eights Week 1998-2008.
Featured storyteller teller - Kids Big Day Out 2007-2008.



Awards For Spoken And Written Competitions
FIRST
CYA (Children’s & Young Adults) Writers and Illustrators Competition - Picture Book – Primary Students 2008
King of the Liars, Mapleton 1999;
State of Origin Competition,
Bremer Valley Bush Poetry Competition 2000;
Redlands Country Music Festival (Open Bush Poetry) 2000;
Camp Oven Festival, 1999
HIGHLY PLACED
Lord Mayors’ Australia Day Bush Poetry Competition 2000;
3rd Battered Bugle (Written Poetry) Award;
2nd Poets Cut
3rd Jondarayan Woolshed;
3rd Bremer Valley Bush Poetry;
Royal Brisbane Show (Ekka) Bush Poetry Competition Highly Commended 1999
AWARDS
Staff Incentive Award Brisbane City Council Library Service - 1996
Queensland Library Promotional Council Award – “Books for Babies Project”
QLPC Award – “Reading with the Rockstars”
Life Membership Tully Dramatic Society

Published Pieces
I can be heard on www.abc.net.au/rural/telegraph/poetry/stories/s494230.htm
Books, Babies, your Values and You Natural Parenting Magazine V. 1 N. 1 2003
Our Land, Our Country, Our Dreams Australian Journal of Early Childhood 2002
Creating the Emotionally Intelligent Classroom Australian Journal of Early Childhood 2002
Bush Poetry & Bellydancers Swag of Yarns V. 3 No. 1 2000
Woodford; an experience The Australian Bush Poetry Magazine, No 3 V. 7 Mar 2000
The Last Word on Copyright Australian Bush Poetry Magazine, No 3 V. 7 Mar 2000
Mud, Mayhem & Muddle Australian Journal of Early Childhood 2000