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Bowen PCYC Concert 5th September, 2015
“There’s a track winding back….” and there certainly was to the Bowen PCYC Fund Raiser for another feast of great poetry, bush yarns and jokes by the Townsville Bush Poetry Mates.
The ‘Mates’ were welcomed by Neil and Pam Lickerman with true Aussie hospitality. The weekend kicked off with a sumptuous roast dinner at the Bowls Club on Friday evening prepared by Roger who is held in high esteem in the town.
With much planning and scheming our two emcees, Rhyl Graham and Kathie Priestley planned the morning matinee and the evening concert. This meant that anyone who was no-one and anyone who thought they were anyone were fair game; reputations were maintained or perhaps a little tarnished through the myriad of jokes and stories that these two ladies presented to the audience during the two shows.
The Blue Tones took us on a nostalgic trip down memory lane with their melodious renditions from the past. Most of the audience could be seen and heard singing along to these great songs. The Blue Tones were followed by a lively performance by the Ale Vax dancers who were a credit to their teacher.
Humour certainly reigned supreme especially with the majority of the poems performed. The crowd just cracked up for Mary-Beth as alias Kathie Priestley entered centre stage.
Barry Graham’s rendition of “Mischief Mick” another of Noel Stallard’s poems seemed almost too reminiscent of Barry’s own school-days to be a coincidence; this also befuddled his lovely wife, Rhyl, evident in her poem, “Befuddled Budgie”.
For such a little lady, Brenda sure packed a big punch with “Two Old Ladies”. Always the clown, Janeen Mapson gave us loads of bull all weekend but even more so with her poem “A Little Bit of Bull”.
On a more serious note nothing could have tugged at the heart strings more than the nostalgic performance of Banjo’s poem “Lost” by husband and wife team, Maureen and Geoff Luke. The combination of song and verse backed with Geoff’s guitar playing meant there was hardly a dry eye in the house.
We were also reminded of the debt owed to our ANZACs during this centennial year of the Battle of Gallipoli with Ann’s exquisite poem, “Anzac Centenary”.
Kathie and Dot’s performance of Jean Lindley’s “Gladys & Doreen” was a beaut curtain raiser to “Mulligan’s Mob”.  As an end to the entertainment all the poets were welcomed back to the stage where they received a rousing applause.

The performances were outweighed only by the hospitality of Pam and Neil Lickerman, Betty & Bill Lucas who made the mouth-watering damper, as Michelle and her willing band of PCYC volunteers worked really hard, especially the youngsters from Ruby Crew who served the meal Saturday evening. These young people have taken out many awards in Bowen and across the North. Well done!
A great weekend was had by all and there is no doubt we’ll all be back again next year!

The competing Bards

The competing Bards – Anne, Kathie, Maureen, Janeen, Lyn

Bill & Carol Kearns flank Lyn Tarring

Bill & Carol Kearns flank Lyn Tarring


Five TBPM’s headed down to Bundaberg on July 1st by train, to take part in the “Bundy Muster”, Australian Bush Poetry’s “Queensland Championship”.
Ann Krome, Maureen Luke, Janeen Mapson, Kathie Priestley and Lyn Tarring represented the TBPM’s and had a great time whilst doing so. Sandy and John Lees are renowned for their organisational skills and the Muster has been their baby for some time. Competitors come from interstate, and the camaraderie and talent is to be reckoned with.
Thursday morning, after arriving at 6:00 a.m, they rocked up to “Across the Waves” Club for a three-and-a-half hour workshop with Gary Fogarty where they learned skills to market themselves, and confidence to do so.
Friday night’s “State of Origin” battle was a great time, with Queensland coming out winners. Marco Gliori and Billy Kearns were team leaders, with Gary as umpire – clever one-liners kept the ball rolling between the captains, with Gary adding and removing points for the most hilarious reasons!
Friday morning was the start of competition, so a nervous day for many.  It was an eye-opener for Ann, and she was in awe of the talent in the Intermediate Section. Whilst Ann did not get a placing, she had a great time, met some lovely people and enjoyed the mateship that goes with being a Bush Poet.
Janeen took out the Yarn Spinning, and performed another great yarn which, as usual, was a true story, one of Janeen’s many!!  She had the audience in stitches!!  Maureen took out two seconds in the Intermediate Section – Traditional and Modern!! She is showing more confidence on stage and very articulate.
Lyn took out second place in the Open Modern Section, with Billy Kearns’ “The Golfer”, which had been written especially for Lyn some time back, when she queried the problems some women have hitting a golf ball, because of their “attributes”!  By the sound of the giggles, many women could relate to her tale!  Lyn also won the Duet with Kathie, with Keith McKendry’s “To Morrow”, which is a very entertaining piece.
Kathie was also successful in winning first place in the Traditional Section, with Henry Lawson’s “Scots of the Riverina”, and first in the Open Original Section, performing “The Body Snatchers”.
Cathy Valance took out the Overall Queensland Championship, a beautiful lady, lovely performer and well deserved.
The concert on the Saturday night was fabulous with judges, Gary Fogarty, Marco Gliori and Billy Kearns doing what they do best – keeping the audience captivated by their humour, brilliant performances and sometimes serious and meaningful poetry.
With a busy year ahead still, the TBPM’s are busy practising their pieces for upcoming events, and have been motivated into creating new work.
They have marked July 2016 on their kind-hearted host’s calendar, and on his computer, to remind him of their plans to return next year. Poor Graham Ezzy’s life will not be the same after having three strange females co-habit with him for those five days! Between you and me though, I think he had a great time – and lots of laughs!

Kathie Priestley


A group of our TBPM poets were invited to present a night of poetry at the Bowen PCYC as a fundraiser for them, on Saturday 2 August.  The night turned out to be a blockbuster success with the PCYC packed to capacity with 150 grey nomads and locals, all paying for a night of entertaining poetry and a fine meal.  Prime organisers were Michelle from the PCYC, and Pam and Neil Lickerman in Bowen who excited the town with their enthusiasm and motivated the ticket sales.  The poets combined to present a wide variety of bush poetry over nearly 5 hours, from original items to old favourites.  Poets were Barry and Rhyl Graham, Lyn Tarring, Janeen Mapson, Del Luke, Maureen Luke, Anne Krome, Dick Moody, and Brenda Forrest.  The Bowen Independent photographer was on hand to record the night.

TBPM Bowen

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