There was a lady who has an obsession with pickles. So I wrote a poem about her love for them and I think one of my favourite lines was, "If I was ever marooned on a deserted island, I would have pickles". She came up to me and was like, "Oh my god, I loved it, I'm going to frame it and everything."
And so her husband (Mike Williams from the ABC's Life Matters) said that his wife loved pickles because she actually can't eat wet onions. She's really sad about it. So he asked for a companion piece about her pain with onions. So I thought, maybe I could write a bit of a joke where she was marooned on an island full of onions, and the only way she was going to be able to eat them and survive was to pick at them in the sunlight so they became dry. I wrote a poem based around that whole concept and he loved it as well and it got to be part of the whole tapestry.
A couple of Channel Seven journalists were at the wedding, and when they got their poems - their faces were like (gasps). Then there was one serious poem about a grandparent who passed away. They told me that during the funeral there was a feather that drifted down, so they wanted me to incorporate that in the poem. It turned out to be one of the groom’s close relatives. His mother came up to me after the wedding and said the poem was beautiful. And the bride and groom, towards the end of the night, said I made the evening really special, and that they didn't know how to repay me. A special part about it was that they actually helped me during very tough times earlier this year. So I felt like this was my way to repay their kindness.
A typewriter poet just adds a different kind of entertainment that people don't usually expect. It's a bit like a caricature artist, but in words. I really recommend anyone to consider hiring someone like me to bring some joy to the wedding day and some memories
that you are likely to not throw away. I think it's a special experience, it's entertainment that gives back. I think the chats I have with guests really accelerates it. I always have different images and pictures from what customers tell me, and then I can just manipulate it into something that's memorable because people like to talk about particular people in their lives. Poetry is about transforming mundane language into something that's fresh and memorable and evokes emotion. That's really important. I just want to create some great memories and move people.