Stage set for bush po­etry

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Court­ney Fowler

■ Per­form­ing bush po­ets around Aus­tralia are prac­tis­ing their lines and hon­ing their per­for­mance skills in prepa­ra­tion for the an­nual Golden Damper Awards in Tam­worth, NSW.

The event, now in its 30th year, is re­garded as one of the most im­por­tant com­pe­ti­tions on the Bush Po­etry cal­en­dar and forms an in­te­gral part of the Tam­worth Coun­try Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.

The Aus­tralian Bush Po­ets As­so­ci­a­tion, the na­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tive body for all bush po­ets, runs this spe­cial awards com­pe­ti­tion not only to show­case the tal­ents of ex­pe­ri­enced po­ets, but to pro­vide a friendly stage for new­com­ers to “have a go”.

Po­etry re­cited must be “proper” bush po­etry, with rhyme and rhythm and have an Aus­traliana theme.

Per­form­ing po­ets are en­cour­aged to ap­ply for the 2016 Golden Damper Awards, held in West League Club in West Tam­worth on Jan­uary 19-23.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to register, please visit the Aus­tralian Bush Po­ets As­so­ci­a­tion web­site or email TheRhymer­fromRyde@ big­

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