2020 Banjo Paterson Writing Awards
Happy Birthday Banjo Paterson!!! And it is time to announce the call for entries in the 2020 Banjo Paterson Writing Awards with generous prizes for Short Story, Contemporary Poetry and ABC Central West Radio Children’s Awards. These awards established in 1991 honour Banjo Paterson, a great Australian writer and favourite son of Orange with a competition to foster writing with Australian content. Entry forms are now available. Entries close on Friday 24 April and winners are announced on Saturday 1 August at the Orange Readers and Writers Festival.
Archaeological Dig at Templer's Mill
Play your part in history and unearth the footings of Templer’s Mill. An archaeological dig will be held to expose the footings of the historic Templer’s Mill site at Banjo Paterson Park, Ophir Road, Orange.
Attend the Community Day on Saturday 2 November from 9am to 5pm. There will also be community digs from Tuesday 5 November to Friday 8 November at 2.45pm to 4pm. School groups are also invited to take part during the week. Please book your place online via eventbrite.com or call 6393 8120 by Friday afternoon 5pm.
Judges Busy With Banjo Writing Award Entries
Thank you to everyone who entered this year’s Banjo Paterson Writing Awards. We just wanted to let you know we received 70 Short Story entries, 85 Bush Poetry and 84 Open Poetry and 40 Entries in the ABC Radio Children’s Writing Awards.
The entries are with the judges and winners will be announced on Monday 23 June.
One Week to Go for Banjo Paterson Writing Award Entries
Entries are coming in everyday now. Time to get your entries in for the Banjo Paterson Writing Awards. They close on Friday 18 April. Writers are encouraged to get their entries in the post before then. We also have 150th Banjo Paterson commemorative coins to present as first prizes in each section for Short Story, Open Poetry, Bush Poetry and the ABC Central West Radio Children’s Awards. This is an added incentive to enter along with the generous prize money. Competition details are on the entry form – see our home page. Good Luck!
Poetry Slam Unearths Spoken Word Talent
Winter by Megan Roweth
Warm woolly jumpers covered in snow,
Bonfires burning bright,
Frosty white, cold at night,
Heaters a burning light.
Reading Banjo by the fire,
Pretty soon I start to tire,
Trickling away like sand and dirt through your fingers.
(Written & performed by Megan at Banjo Paterson Festival Poetry Slam, reproduced here with permission)
We opened up our Banjo Paterson Festival Poetry Slam to people of all ages on Saturday afternoon at the CWA Hall. Spoken word artist and host Miles Merrill performed his own brand of poetry for the fantastic audience who thoroughly enjoyed the spirit of the competition.
Four performers bravely took to the stage – Jason, Megan, Jacqui and Robyn – and impressed the judges chosen from the audience with their wonderful performances. The scores were very close – Jason was placed 4th with “Castlereagh”, Jacqui was 3rd with a poem about Spiders, Megan came 2nd with “Winter” and Robyn took out first place with her amusing poem about shopping. In a wonderful gesture, Robyn gave her prize of a $100 gift voucher to Megan, aged 6 years, for her standout original performance on the day. The crowd burst into loud applause for this act of kindness. Jacqui also entertained everyone with a spontaneous second performance called “Cockroaches” which involved audience participation and had everyone laughing. Thank you both performers and audience for a great afternoon of entertainment.