Crowds flock to poetry competition
THE Australian Bush Poetry Championships were a smashing success with organisers saying they were forced to turn away audiences at the packed-house event.
Organiser Sandy Lees said she was thrilled with the popularity of the event shown by both poets and audiences.
“It has been a huge success,” Mrs Lees said.
“People are saying they have never been to an event that is so well organised.”
Mrs Lees said the talent shown by the 51 entrants was “very impressive”.
“All of the entrants have been wonderful,” she said.
“We've had people come from everywhere. People from New Zealand and from Victoria up through Townsville and to Charters Towers.”
Mrs Lees said the group of entrants was very diverse.
“We've had six-year-olds up to an 83-year-old man from Bundaberg,” she said.
“The talent is at a very high standard.”
Bundaberg entrants performed well in the competition, with Bargara's own Jan Facey taking out the Australian Female Champion Poet title.
Gregory North of Linden, New South Wales, won the Australian Male Champion Poet.
Even the young Bundaberg poets impressed the judges, with Bargara girl Laura Collins winning the overall junior champion title.
“I'm very proud to see the locals in there competing and doing so well,” Mrs Lees said.
“We're allowed to hold the event two years in a row so when the new committee comes in they will decide if they are going to apply for it again.”
Australian Bush Poets Association president Manfred Vijars said he was impressed with the turnout at the event.
“The real stand out thing for me is the youth,” he said.
“The level of skill and humour shown tells us that bush poetry is in good hands.”