Muz Hartin run-out sale!!
MURRAY Hugh Hartin an artist?
Many might say he’s of the bovine kind, but Murray Hartin is indeed an artist, an artist of the written word as well as the spoken word.
For years he has made audiences laugh, cry and visualise the spoken word with his unique style of Australian storytelling and poetry – he is universally acclaimed as the 21st century’s answer to Banjo Paterson.
Muz is a Moree boy born-and-bred, and without argument one of the town’s greatest exports.
He has travelled Australia extensively, performing and gathering intelligence for his vast body of work – a work in progress.
And now he’s proud to say that he’s back in Moree living at the house that gave him so many moments of inspiration – his old man Kevin’s 25-acre block Tamerine on Gwydirfield Road.
The move back home wasn’t really planned, however.
“Sadly, I lost my Dad nearly two years ago and when the place was passed in at auction I decided to move back for a couple of months just to keep an eye on it,” Muz said.
“I’ve always loved coming home and it wasn’t until I was back for a while that I realised it was a very practical place to live for what I do – which is a fair bit of driving.”
The solution was a no-brainer, really. He bought Tamerine, buggered a couple of lawnmowers, and couldn’t be happier.
“And yeah, there are plenty of memories, but just not just from dad; it’s all the people I grew up with – I went to kindergarten at Pally, then to Moree Primary and had my first year at Moree High before going to boarding school,” he said.
Growing up on the black-soil plains has over the years provided the perfect mix for Muz’s work.
“There are a whole lot of characters floating around and it’s just a great place to live,” he says.
“I’ve never been happier, and hopefully I’ll find a way to get some of those characters into verse.”
Muz didn’t hesitate when asked to help the Leap for Mick online art auction, aimed at raising much-needed funds for terminally-ill Moree man Mick Colbran and his family.
The Moree poet has donated four signed copies of his latest book, A Whole Lotta Muz, which includes his signature poems Turbulence and Rain From Nowhere as well as a collection of his favourite poems and newspaper columns.
“I’m only too happy to help in any way I can,” he said.
There are three copies left of Whole Lotta Muz at a fixed price of $110 each. To secure a copy email Bill Poulos at [email protected] or call/text 0448 203621. Alternatively you can private inbox your details to “Bill Cindy Poulos” on Facebook.