Obi Obi artist performs songs and poems

THE acclaimed British singer-songwriter and poet Emily Maguire, now based at Obi Obi, is excited to be hosting an evening of poetry and songs at Berkelouw Books in Eumundi on Friday, March 18 to celebrate the publication of her most recent poetry collection ‘Words With Wings’.

An established artist with six albums and four books to her name, Emily relocated from the UK in 2019 with her Australian husband Christian Dunham. Together they had toured Europe extensively with the likes of American legends Don McLean and Dr Hook.

Emily’s new book ‘Words With Wings’ is a collection of stream-of-consciousness poems written after her daily Buddhist meditation practice.

A local performance poet Robin Archbold suggested she should try writing some music to go with them and Emily was “completely inspired”.

An accomplished composer in her own right, the result was a digital album of poetry readings and piano music which accompanies the book.

The evening at Berkelouw Books will feature readings from ‘Words with Wings’ and also songs performed by Emily on acoustic guitar and Christian on double-bass.  They toured this format to bookshops and Buddhist centres in the UK when Emily’s last book of poetry ‘Meditation Mind’ was published in 2018, with Emily saying: “It worked so well we wanted to do something similar here in Australia.”

Tickets for Emily and Christian’s performance at Berkelouw Books are $20/$15 concessions and Emily’s books are available through her website at

Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. All tickets will be refunded in the event of a cancellation due to COVID.