Poetry challenge is jolly good fun
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.