"Thank you for the wonderful Ballad Of The Blood And Custard, written about us for our L.J Hooker Captain’s Club event, held in conjunction with our Round Table in Cairns last month. The time and effort you put in came to fruition and the reaction spoke for itself, with a large number of people seeking autographed copies. Not only The Blood And Custard, but the whole evening, with your rendition of a selection of your other works, was a huge success - and will live in our memories for a very long time. Thank you very much indeed for a job well done!"

Director of Marketing, LJ HOOKER

"Thank you for your outstanding contribution to the success of our annual trade conference. Your contribution at the conference dinner was absolutely brilliant. The Mighty Head And Heart Of Hardware, you specifically penned for the conference, was a terrific close, and all who attended received copies, as a memento of the occasion."

National Trade Division Manager, MITRE 10

"Our delegates were enthralled and captivated by your fine ballads… as you promised… you made us all laugh, cry and think… thanks again for a wonderfully crafted performance"

Mitre 10-NZ – Annual Convention

"Absolutely fantastic, inspirational, uplifting...tailored precisely to our needs"

Baycorp Australasian Convention

"Placing a poet at a major conference dinner involved more than the usual degree of risk from an organisational perspective…however the excitement generated by your initial ballad followed by a pin drop silence. …quickly allayed any fears… and proved to be an outstanding winner with the discerning audience"

Australasian Institute of Credit Union Directors

"You were a delight to work with… you blended superbly with the Corporate Impostor… Many thanks for the wonderful contribution you made to our event"

Australasian Packaging Machinery Conference

"Enlightening, thought-provoking, well researched and certainly at the cutting edge of thought in our industry"

Federation of Automotive Parts Manufacturers Annual Symposium

"Picture Writer Robert Raftery is a man blessed with immense literary prowess. He has an incredible ability to verbally disseminate his verse. His performance stirs every human emotion, as the ‘Master Picture Writer’ paints his story in the minds of his audience. Simply Brilliant."

(RFDS 70th Anniversary Black Tie Dinner Parliament House, Brisbane, Queensland)

"I have known Robert Raftery for some years and consider him one of Australia’s finest writers. He has performed at ‘Palma Rosa’, the heritage listed headquarters of the English Speaking Union on the occasion of the Governors visit earlier this year. It gives me much pleasure to give this testimony of Robert’s talents and character and express the appreciation of all members of the English Speaking Union for his tremendous contribution to our organization."

Australian President.

"Thank you for your brilliant performance at the Australian Wallaby Victory Luncheon in Brisbane. Your Professionalism and time made it a huge success, and the ARU were thrilled with the outcome. Thanks again, and we look forward to working with you in the future."

Event Manager
(Australian Wallabies Victory Lunch Mon 22 November, 1999, Brisbane Convention Centre)

"Life's pathway has many turns. In the great journey of life, we meet many people. Some of these people influence our lives, a precious few have a profound influence. In early 1996 I was to meet a man who was to have a profound influence on me. I used to fancy myself as a bit of a modern day Henry Lawson, but since meeting RR (Robert Raftery), Australia's PictureWriter, I have become poetically "inert". I invited Robert to write two lead pieces for the Atlanta Olympics, "We're Goin' for Gold" and "Keepers of the Flame". Robert also wrote "Kids Alive, Do the Five" for the toddler drowning awareness programme I conducted for the Queensland Health Department.
Thanks, PictureWriter, for making my life richer and giving me material to perform that is top shelf."

Australian Gold Medal Olympic Swimming Coach and Olympic Team Motivator

Thank you for the outstanding contribution you made to our 2005 business development event. The ballad is awesome… your delivery of it was moving, your ability and skills tremendous. Thank you.

Managing Director, Harcourts ANZ

Please accept our most sincere thanks for your part in making “Cadbury Schweppes In Concert 2005” such a success.
“Black Magic, Green & Gold” did exactly what you said it would, and was so well received by all parts of the audience. A number of the New Zealanders spoke to me afterwards to say what an impact the piece had on them, and how good it had made them feel.

Conference Coordinator
Cadbury Schweppes In Concert 2005

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