A community project to commemorate the ANZAC Centenary will be unveiled at RSL Clubs on ANZAC Day (25 April) and Living Choice Alloura Waters residents Kevern Rowe and Bobbie Barclay will have starring roles.

Conceived by non-profit organisation Art Studios Co-operative, 11 teams, each consisting of a local Returned Serviceman, a poet and a visual artist, are creating a visual interpretation and a poem, both of which are inspired by the Returned Serviceman’s experiences. By sheer coincidence, Bobbie (a poet) and Kevern (a Returned Serviceman) were placed in the same team with artist Paul Macklin.

The visual artworks and poems will be exhibited in the foyers of RSL Clubs at Davistown, Wyong and Gosford on ANZAC Day and thereafter at the Art Studio Co-operative Gallery at 391 Mann Street, North Gosford from 29 April to 24 May. The project will also be featured in a commemorative magazine which will be sold in aid of the Returned & Services League.

Kevern was a member of the Australian Regular Army and served as a commissioned officer and helicopter pilot in South Vietnam. He saw plenty of action with infantry troops and other armed aircraft but fortunately was not wounded.

Bobbie, also an ex-servicewoman who joined the RAAF, started writing poetry late in life, after attending university as a mature age student. She has had a fascinating life too, leaving school at age 13, graduating with two degrees in her 50’s and being married to the late Professor Gordon “Blue” Barclay OAM, who recently had a building at Macquarie University named after him.

For more information about the exhibitions or to purchase the magazine, contact Leasha Craig at AustralianSpiritASC@gmail.com