104: When at the Crossroads by Rupert McCall
Today, we continue the conversation with an Australian Poet of international renown. Rupert McCall grew up loving a jigsaw of words as much as he did a game of rugby league – it was like a creative collision was taking place within him – but somehow, he chose to study Law at University.His creativity kept rearing its head amidst articling as a law clerk and he managed to pen his first anthology ‘Rhymes, Idols and Shenanigans’ in 1993. When his writing kept getting published, read out on radio, or featured at notable functions, he followed the snowball rolling down the hill and took a road less travelled to became the full-time poet he is today.As the author to 6 anthologies that have sold 120,000 copies, he’s been featured on TV and radio and even a stint as a sport commentator; Rupert has crafted his own unique and sought-after style of storytelling!Considered the poet of our generation in many Australian circles; he presented the opening to the Prelude to Dawn Service in Gallipoli, he recited his poem ‘Firefighters Dream’ at Ground Zero to the NYC Fire Dept for the 10th anniversary of 9/11 as well as paid tribute to many sporting heroes like Roger Federer & Greg Norman. In 2013, he was awarded the OAM (Order of Australia Medal) by the Queen for his services to the community, particularly as a poet!The Goods on Rupert:Check out his newest & Finest Work “Golden Soil” @ www.rupertmccall.com.auRupert McCall is an Australian poet of international renown. His tributes to special events and occasions have become highly sought-after and treasured for the indelible mark they’ve left on audiences everywhere.He is the author of six anthologies of verse that havecollectively sold over 120,000 copies. Equally at home in radio or on TV, hisresume features hosting roles for CH7’s The Great South East, 4BC’s Sports Today program and CH9’s Weekend Extra. Rupert’s great passion for sport was on display when he was appointed commentator for CH10 at the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France.In 2005 he was awarded the honour of opening the Prelude to the Dawn Service inGallipoli with his acclaimed and moving tribute NINETY YEARS AGO and, in 2011, he recited his poem A FIREFIGHTER’S DREAM at Ground Zero for the New York Fire Department on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11. Rupert has also paid tribute to heroes and legends such as Roger Federer, Rod Laver, Don Bradman, Dawn Fraser, Greg Norman, John Eales, Jonathon Thurston, Black Caviar, Winx and The Royal Flying Doctors!His popularity transcends all demographics and ages, from the schools he visits to the corporate and sporting functions that he entertains. He is a passionate Australian and his ability to share this enthusiasm with any audience is warmly received.In 2013 as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, Rupert received a Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia for services to the community, particularly as a poet.Contact Rupert: Website: www.rupertmccall.com.au Facebook: @rupert.mccall Twitter: @rupertmccallGo to http://www.bit.ly/InTheGamePodcast to become part of this growing community of DREAMERS!