Happy Birthday Banjo Paterson: Writing Awards
It’s Banjo’s birthday (Sunday 17th February) and to celebrate we are announcing the call for entries in the Banjo Paterson Writing Awards. Poet, solicitor, journalist, war correspondent and ballad writer Andrew Barton “Banjo” Paterson (1864 – 1941) was born near Orange and each year the Central West Writers’ Centre, in conjunction with Central West Libraries, The Central Western Daily and ABC Central West Radio announce the call for entries in the Banjo Paterson Writing Awards.
There are four categories:
Bush Poetry and
ABC Central West Radio Children’s Writing Awards for writing by children aged 16 years and under
Vietnam Presentation at Canowindra
Canowindra Library presents its signature event for the National Year of Reading with a presentation about the Vietnam War by Richard “Barney” Bigwood author of We Were REOs Australian Infantry Reinforcements in Vietnam. The event will be held at the Canowindra Services and Citizens Club on Wednesday 26th September at 2pm.
During the Vietnam war all Australian units except infantry rotated fresh replacements through them as people were returned to Australia. The Battalions trained as a unit in Australia with all arriving in “country” together. It was only as they suffered casualties being killed, or wounded, or National servicemen went home, the Battalion required re-enforcements (REOs).
These new blokes had to demonstrate their worth to be accepted because they would be sleeping in a dead mate’s bed in the section where he was a dependable friend. This put added pressure on “the new bloke”. He had to adjust to being in a war zone and he had to prove himself.
Richard will talk about his experiences, his book We Were REOs as well as present photographs tracking the lot of a soldier from enlistment to infantry training, jungle innoculation and deployment to South Vietnam in 1968. Then the presentation follows the postings through several Battalions with the “baptism of fire” into warfare.
Author talk & presentation by Richard Bigwood
We Were REOS
Venue: Canowindra Services and Citizens Club
93 Gaskill Street, Canowindra
Date: Wednesday 26 September 2pm
Bookings: Please book your place by calling Canowindra Library on
24 Hour Read Thank YouWhat a whirlwind 24 Hours! We were busy taking photos and uploading throughout the night thanks to our keen facebookers!!! We love all your photos and comments. It was fabulous to see such a wide variety of people reading in all different places. And how good are the “reading” x-ray images? The children, the pets, those naughty bears? The early birds, schoolchildren, the gym goers and people at home, local clubs, and in their workplace and those reading to others! We really appreciate everyone’s efforts to show the Central West is a reading community, reading is fun and just ten minutes reading a day can really make a difference to a child and help develop skills for life. Photos are going to be coming in for a little while yet and you can view them at www.facebook.com/CWLibraries. Keep reading everyone!
Quick Picks at all our Libraries
The cooler weather is a good excuse to catch up on some reading so why not try the Quick Picks selection at any of our Central West Librares branches – Blayney, Cowra, Canowindra, Forbes, Manildra, Molong and Orange? Call into your nearest library, check out the Quick Picks display and choose a paperback novel. This is a new service for the National Year of Reading.
These books are extra copies of our Central West Libraries more popular titles. They have a quick turnover too – borrowing is for two weeks and there are no reservations taken on these ones. It makes choosing your next read easier. Pictured is Ruth Bingham at Blayney checking out the Quick Picks on display. See you soon.
Update your vocab with a Tweet!
Update your vocab. Want to know more about tweets? How about crowdsourcing, parkour and helicopter parent? These are just some of the new words added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary this week and you can read more about it in article featuring our own Jan Richards in today's Central Western Daily:
And why not follow us on twitter for all the latest happenings at Central West Libraries. Find us at http://twitter.com/centralwestlibr and haveagreatweekend!