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21st Annual Bush Poetry Showcase

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by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce (subscribe)
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Go along to see the poetical descendants of Banjo and Lawson
Twas his shearing mate who wrote it, and verbatim I will quote it:
Clancy's gone to Queensland droving, and we don't know where he are.

Banjo Patterson - Clancy of the Overflow

Since time began men (and sometimes women) sat around the fire, built for warmth and to keep away the savage dark and what it might contain, and told stories. These passed into traditional oral history and with the advent of rhyme became poetry - Beowulf, and Gilgamesh, for example.

21st Annual Bush Poetry Showcase, Bush Poets, Yarnspinners, Australia Day, Banjo Patterson
AB Patterson (as seen on a Australian $10 bank note)

Here in Australia with its 19th century of far flung stock farming, droving and exploration the art became refined and when The Bulletin was founded in 1880 aimed at fostering Australian culture and the bush as an ideal, the genre found an outlet.

Poets such as A B 'Banjo" Patterson and Henry Lawson wrote in a vigorous, uniquely colloquial style which became the standard of 'Australian Bush Poetry' that has lasted to this day.

In Western Australia the flame is kept alive by the WA Bush Poets and Yarn Spinners Association.

21st Annual Bush Poetry Showcase, Bush Poets, Yarnspinners, Australia Day, Banjo Patterson
WA Bush Poets and Yarn Spinners Association

The WA Bush Poets are having their annual Bush Poetry Showcase, very fittingly, on Australia Day, Tues, 26th January 2016, commencing 12.40pm at Wireless Hill Park, Ardross, finishing around 5pm.

The event is open to the public and is free (donations gratefully received). Take a chair, drinks and nibblies.

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Why? Traditional tall tales and bush poetry
When: 12:40pm
Where: Wireless Hill Park, Ardross
Cost: Free (donations accepted)
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