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Joel McKerrow TJC 2019

Joel McKerrow

Joel McKerrow has been Tearfund Australia’s Artist Ambassador since 2014.

Based out of Melbourne, Australia, Joel McKerrow is an award winning writer, speaker, educator, artist, creativity specialist and, having performed for hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world, is one of Australia’s most successful internationally touring, performance poets.

Full-time in his creative career for the past fifteen years Joel is currently the Director of The School for Creative Development, is on teaching staff at the Melbourne Young Writers Studio, is the co-founder/host of the The Deep Place: On Creativity and Spirituality Podcast and is a speaker with BOOKEDOUT speaker agency.


Check out some of Joel’s work for Tearfund:

Joel McKerrow does what poets should do... makes you laugh, think, cry, pray, hope, worship, wonder, and sit back and say, "Ahh, now I see!" In a time when politics, theology, and other important avenues of human intercourse suffer from a flatness of prose and a vacuum of meaning, Joel walks on stage just when we need him, sounding off with all the craft of a first-rate poet and all the verve of a first-rate performer.

Brian McLaren author/speaker/activist

Why Tearfund?

"I want my creativity to be about more than just me. And not just my creativity, but also my life, my purpose, my reason for being in this world. So to find somewhere that fosters this posture toward life, to find a community that supports my fumbling attempts to make change in the world…it has been crucial for me. Tearfund has given me this.” – Joel McKerrow

Three ways to take action with Tearfund

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Fundraise for a project

Raise money for Tearfund and make a big difference for communities who need it most. Go to Tearfund’s Useful Gifts fundraising site for ideas, inspiration and tools - visit today

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Speak out

Sometimes we need to work to change the rules that are causing poverty and injustice. Tearfund works both in Australia and around the world to bring real change. Find out more about Tearfund’s latest advocacy work and how you can get involved - Take Action.

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Learn more + have fun doing it

Tearfund has a range of fantastic simulation games to help you and your group get a better understanding of issues facing communities around the world. Check them out - Tearfund Simulation Games.

Contacting Joel + for bookings

Visit his website