Eleanor Rigden: Producer of Festival of Small Halls

Eleanor Rigden: Producer of Festival of Small Halls By Essie Valmadre Like many of the wonderful humans that hustle and bustle Woodfordia’s halls, Eleanor Rigden never intended to end up there. She studied law alongside a Media & Communications degree, eventually specialising in immigration law. Eleanor was admitted as a solicitor to the court of Queensland and was practicing for about nine months before being made…

Gavin Ryan: Woodfordian Artist in Residence

Gavin Ryan: Woodfordian Artist in Residence By Essie Valmadre  Anyone who has attended Woodford Folk Festival in the last ten years will recall with great delight Gavin Ryan’s phenomenal posters. Each one is a vibrant visual feast that proffers a jaw-dropping amount of detail, usually taking him up to four months to complete. Much like the festival that…

Rita McMorrow: Founder of The TreeHuggers

Rita McMorrow: Founder of The TreeHuggers By Essie Valmadre  “Mum, you’ve gotta come! You and Dad would love it.” It was these words that started Rita McMorrow on her Woodfordian adventure over 20 years ago. Her son had been attending Woodford Folk Festival for some three years and decided that his parents needed to come along. After a little umming and ahing,…