Dance to the Anticlinal Fold

Tickets are now on sale for Dance to the Anticlinal Fold, my spoken-word walking tour centred on the Anticlinal Fold (pictured, right), an idiosyncratic and locally celebrated geological formation in downtown Castlemaine.

The show considers time and landscape from geological, historical and Indigenous perspectives, featuring the knowledge and expertise of Indigenous Elder Uncle Rick Nelson, historian Robyn Annear and geologist Clive Willman in partnership with the poetry of yours truly.

We’re doing 6 shows on the following dates:

  • Saturday 23 March 2019 at 5.30pm
  • Sunday 24 March 2019 at 5.30pm
  • Monday 25 March 2019 at 5.30pm
  • Tuesday 26 March 2019 at 5.30pm
  • Thursday 28 March 2019 at 5.30pm
  • Saturday 30 March 2019 at 3.30pm

Tickets are $25 each, and they are extremely limited, with an “intimate” audience size of 25 per show. There is a very good chance they’ll sell out quickly. My advice would be to jump on this right now.

To grab a ticket, just visit the Castlemaine State Festival website.

About the show

The idea for the show started with a poem and a zine.

When we first moved to Chewton we noticed a series of street signs around Castlemaine directing people to something called an “Anticlinal Fold”. Eventually curiosity got the best of us and we followed them. We found an old brown plaque mounted above a curved outcropping of rock.

The plaque explained, in a verbose and roundabout kind of way, that this kind of rock formation was indicative of the presence of gold and as such should be celebrated as part of a historic gold-mining town’s history.

I’ve always been a sucker for weird little touristy things, so finding one in my own home town was a pleasure. Eventually my low-level musings about giving the Anticlinal Fold its own anthem turned into an actual poem, which became a little zine that I started leaving in batches beside the fold itself.

(As it turns out, there’s also an anticlinal fold just down the road from my house, so when I found out about it I modified the poem to fit a Chewtonian setting, whipped up a second zine and started leaving copies beside that one as well.)

Where to find the zines

Both Anticline zines are housed in makeshift dispensaries deposited close by the features whose virtues they extol and extemporise upon. They are free to anyone who cares to take one.

If you’re in the neighbourhood, the Castlemaine Anticline booklet can be found just near the corner of Lyttleton and Urquhart Streets in Castlemaine.

Or if you prefer something a little less urban, the Chewton Anticline booklet can be found beside the railway tracks just down from the bridge over the tracks on Railway Street in Chewton.

If, however, you find yourself tragically unable to visit either site, you can download a copy of  Anticline to print and assemble yourself:

Or, if you prefer, you can also contact me by leaving a comment on this page and we can sort something out about posting you one.

Meantime here’s a short excerpt from the poem to whet your appetite (whet. like a stone. get it?)


A million years out of the sun,
they found it when the track went through
and recognised the find for what it was.

Its layers bent upon themselves,
revealing to the engineers
a minor point of geological truth.

Behold! The anticlinal fold!
A bell curve carved into the earth:
evidence that even rock is never truly still.

Move with the anticlinal fold.
Dance to the anticlinal fold.
Put your hand on it – you can feel it in your bones.

Dance to the Anticlinal Fold has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

About Adam

I'm a dad and the author of the poetry collections The Third Fruit is a Bird and Not Quite the Man for the Job, the novel Man Bites Dog and the short story collection Heroes and Civilians.

I'm currently working on "Dance to the Anticlinal Fold", a spoken word walking tour that will be part of the Castlemaine State Festival in 2019. Find out more about the show here.

Bookings for public appearances can be made through Booked Out Speakers Agency

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