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The Melbourne beat

Most of them are just three minutes long, but pop songs are the poetry of the age. Listen in as a panel consisting of a music-loving comedian, a comic songwriter and an indie songwriter discuss the art and craft of songwriting.

Brian Nankervis is a performer, writer and producer. He is the co-creator and adjudicator of RocKwiz, and has appeared on television shows Hey, hey it's Saturday, The panel and Thank God you're here.

Rebecca Barnard is an indie-pop musician who released a solo album in 2006 after recording two albums as part of rock outfit Rebecca's empire.

Casey Bennetto composed the smash-hit Keating, the musical which premiered in 2005 and went on to win many awards including the prestigious Helpmann Award.

This event was held at the State Library of Victoria on 10 September 2009.