Po­etry chal­lenge is jolly good fun

Kyabram Free Press - - NEWS - By Gus McCub­bing

LO­CAL racon­teur Les Parkin­son is en­cour­ag­ing Kyabram school chil­dren to chan­nel their in­ner Banjo Pater­son at a bush po­etry event next week.

The Kyabram Bush Verse Group’s an­nual com­pe­ti­tion, held at the Fauna Park’s ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre from 9.30am next Wed­nes­day, will see stu­dents com­pete in the in­di­vid­ual sec­tion for the Jolly Swag­man tro­phy (and $50 cash), or the team sec­tion for the Waltz­ing Matilda award.

‘‘Some of the kids get quite en­thused; for in­stance, if it’s about the jolly swag­man they’ll come in with a bat­tered shirt and an old hat,’’ Mr Parkin­son said.

St Au­gus­tine’s Col­lege stu­dent Chloe Vil­lani won the Jolly Swag­man award last year with a ren­di­tion of Banjo Pater­son’s poem A Dog’s Mis­take. The Waltz­ing Matilda award was won by the duo of Rose Grills and In­dra Hub­ble, also from St Au­gus­tine’s, who per­formed Dorothea Mackel­lar’s poem My Coun­try.

More than 50 pri­mary school stu­dents com­peted in 2017.

The fol­low­ing night, adults are in­vited to re­cite po­etry or spin a yarn at the Kyabram Club, in an event put on with Kyabram Lions Club. For de­tails call Les Parkin­son on 5852 2281.

Les Parkin­son is en­cour­ag­ing kids to give po­etry a go.

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