BUSH POETRY IN CHARTERS TOWERS, APRIL 2016
On the weekend of the 23/24th April, Charters Towers Gold City Country Music Club staged the “All Australian Jamboree” showcasing the best true blue country music performance and competition in the North. On the Sunday morning the early risers, and there were a lot of them, were treated to a Bush Poet’s breakfast conducted by the Townsville Bush Poetry Mates Inc. ably assisted by locals Wendy Emmerson, Jean Lindley, Allan Lennox and the hilarious Jo Cronin. When the laughter died down, the focus shifted to competition, the Traditional and Modern Bush Poetry sections saw a small number of entrants, Townsville poets all, victorious in both categories and also claiming all the runner-up placings. A Junior section resulted in a fine showing as four local contestants battled it out with some very good original poems, and it is great to see that the future of our unique poetry is in good hands. The Gold City Country Music Club should be congratulated for their efforts in preserving our culture, and it is obvious by the crowd numbers that many others feel the same. We hope to be back next year with a much increased number of contestants, to enjoy all this great weekend has to offer.
Barry Graham President T.B.P.M.Inc.