Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - David Charlesworth

CEL­E­BRAT­ING Har­vey and na­tional icon May Gibbs, a se­ries of events are planned for Novem­ber com­mem­o­rat­ing the cen­te­nary of the Snug­gle­pot and Cud­dlepie chil­dren’s book se­ries.

In a joint ven­ture be­tween the Har­vey Re­cre­ation and Cul­tural Cen­tre and the Har­vey Vis­i­tors Cen­tre, events planned for Novem­ber 15 to 17 in­clude a play about the au­thor’s life, a sto­ry­telling pic­nic and more.

Cul­tural cen­tre man­ager David Mar­shall said Perth-based Agelink Theatre would per­form the play Un­cov­er­ing May Gibbs.

Us­ing mu­sic, anec­dotes, images and drama­tised in­ter­views with May Gibbs’ con­tem­po­raries, the play tells the story of her life and im­pact on Aus­tralian lit­er­a­ture.

Mr Mar­shall said May Gibbs spent many of her child­hood years in Har­vey, at a fam­ily prop­erty along the Har­vey River, where she ex­plored the bush­land and gained the in­spi­ra­tion for her work.

“It will be a re­ally op­por­tune time to high­light the sig­nif­i­cant role and time that the Gibbs fam­ily lived here, and May was in­flu­enced by the sur­round­ings,” he said.

“It’s also for our lo­cals, high­light­ing our lo­cal his­tory and how spe­cial it is.”

Vis­i­tors cen­tre man­ager Gemma Long­ford said it was hoped to make the three days a “mini May Gibbs fes­ti­val”.

“She is such an im­por­tant part of Har­vey’s his­tory and she’s our real claim to fame,” she said.

Ms Long­ford said May Gibbs was al­ready a big draw­card for vis­i­tors to Har­vey.

“We have peo­ple trav­el­ling from the Eastern States, a cou­ple had driven from Kal­go­or­lie just for the week­end just to see our May Gibbs ex­hibit,” she said.

“She’s got a huge fol­low­ing and rightly so.”

Mr Mar­shall said a num­ber of groups were al­ready get­ting in­volved in­clud­ing the Har­vey Early Years Net­work and the Har­vey Com­mu­nity Re­source Cen­tre, and more were in­vited to get in­volved.

“Hope­fully oth­ers will see the op­por­tu­nity to ping off with some­thing else as well,” he said.

Pic­ture: David Charlesworth

Har­vey Re­cre­ation and Cul­tural Cen­tre man­ager David Mar­shall and Har­vey Vis­i­tors Cen­tre man­ager Gemma Long­ford look for­ward to cel­e­brat­ing lo­cal and na­tional icon May Gibbs in Novem­ber.

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