Poets showcase their skills
COMPETITORS came from as far away as Victoria when the Bundaberg Poets' Society held its annual Bundy Bush Poetry Muster at The Waves Sports Club at the weekend.
Organiser Sandy Lees said there was an excellent turnout, with 46 adults registering for the competition before the weekend.
She said some more had registered late on Saturday for events yesterday.
A total of 26 children also registered.
"We had traditional, modern and original sections," Mrs Lees said.
The weekend also doubled as the Queensland Bush Poetry Performance Championships, and the Queensland written competition as well.
The women's section was won by Kathy Vallance from St Arnauds in Victoria, and the men's by Linden Baxter from Monto.
Mrs Lees said they also had a written competition for primary and secondary school students.
Friday night was a walk-up poetry night.
"Everybody who has come for the competition can give it a try," Mrs Lees said.
"It's just a chance to people to perform on the stage without the pressure of competition.
"We ran it as a State of Origin event, with two teams."
Mrs Lees said the big concert on Saturday night was sold out.
She said the weekend's event was the 20th time the muster had been held in Bundaberg, and the second time it had doubled as the state championships.
Mrs Lees said although it took a lot of work, the club was hoping to hold it again next year.
"It depends on us getting sponsorship, because it takes a lot of money," she said.