Guunumba Legends

Guunumba, Auntie Bea, Auntie Joan, Eden and Lee
  • Monday 9th June
  • Time: 9:30am – 12:30
  • Venue: North Farm, Bellingen


Guunumba, features Auntie Joan McDonald, Eden Davis and Lee Townsend. They were a big hit at the last Saltwater/Freshwater festival.

Auntie Joan McDonald’s family came from Sydney but moved to the Kempsey area in the late 1960s. As a child she loved acting and singing and only started writing her rich stories last year.

Eden Davis is Joan’s younger sister and an artist and poet and storyteller. Geoffrey Bardon introduced her to art when she was nineteen.

Lee Townsend was raised in Blacktown, Sydney. The countries she belongs to are Dharug and Kamilaroi. She has created The Yarning Circle programs, giving children and adults the chance to have a voice.

Guunumba means “Bring to Life”
Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance supported by Arts NSW created the Guunumba Project in 2013, bringing together local Aboriginal Elder, writer and poet, Aunty Bea Ballangarry with 3 emerging Aboriginal writers from the Mid North Coast of NSW to create contemporary Aboriginal stories.
Following great success at the recent Saltwater Freshwater Festival in Kempsey, Joan McDonald, Eden Davis and Lee Townsend will share their stories with you; stories embedded with cultural meaning. They will have you smiling, laughing, crying and reflecting on our local, thriving and diverse Aboriginal culture.
‘As soon as I heard the stories I knew I was listening to legends in the making.’ (Aunty Bea)
Tel (02) 6655 1948: Cost: $35/$30 conc. per session or $60/$50 for both sessions, incl. tasty morning/afternoon tea. North Farm, 165 Hydes Creek Rd, Bellingen NSW 2454.