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Banjo Paterson Writing Awards Winners

Happy Birthday Banjo Paterson: Writing Awards

Banjo Paterson Writing Awards Winners

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:

Short Story
Open Poetry
Bush Poetry and
ABC Central West Radio Children’s Writing Awards for writing by children aged 16 years and under

2013 Banjo Paterson Writing Awards Entry Form 


Winner Connor accepts his prize

And the number of links in the chain is .....

Winner Connor accepts his prize


All year we’ve been watching the National Year of Reading Amazing Paper Chain grow and grow and grow with a link added for every book read, and yesterday was the grand finale.  With help from our party guests, the number of links was tallied. And the total was …..5852!!!!!! That’s amazing!!!  Congratulations to Connor, Piper and Patrick who won book vouchers for their close guesses and roll out the red carpet, fanfare and applause to all our readers who added links throughout the year. It was a mighty effort!

Amazing Paper Chain Party Goers Celebrate

Amazing Paper Chain Party Goers Celebrate

Win an e reader with NYR Our Story Review Competition

A mystery, a memoir, a journey into the outback, a sinister and haunting tale, an unsolved disappearance, uncontrollable desires, the horrors of war, laughter, heartbreak and a dark secret – you will find them all in the eight books which Australians have decided will be the National Year of Reading 2012 collection.

Thanks to the thousands of Australians who voted on the ABC website or in their local library for the book to represent their state or territory during the National Year of Reading 2012.
‍The 8 winning titles are:
ACT – Smoke and Mirrors, Kel Robertson
NSW – The Idea of Home, John Hughes
NT – Listening to Country, Ros Moriarty
QLD – The White Earth, Andrew McGahan
SA – Time’s Long Ruin, Stephen Orr
TAS – Wanting, Richard Flanagan
VIC – Well Done, Those Men, Barry Heard
WA – Jasper Jones, Craig Silvey

Enter the Our Story competition by giving us the best book review of any of the winning 8 books in 50 words or less. Individuals and groups (such as books groups) are welcome to enter. Go to The Reading Room website to enter by 14 May http://www.thereadingroom.com/book-club/national-year-of-reading/1921%22 and join in the discussions about the books too.

ABC Local Radio runs Haiku - Floriade Competition

Listen to ABC Local Radio for details about their Floriade Haiku Competition.

A “Haiku” is a short poem “that captures the essence of a brief, transient moment in one's life and the universe.”

Haiku is one of the oldest forms of poetry that started in Japan. Your challenge for this competition is to come up with the best choice of words to capture the essence of Spring.

Haiku poems follow a pattern. There are 5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second and 5 again the last line.

Here is an example:

Birds hatched and chirping

Trees and flowers are blooming

New life is now here

This one is written by Bailey on the Creative Writing Now website.

Listen to ABC Local Radio in the mornings for all the competition details and email your entries by Friday 16 September to orange.regional@abc.net.au to be in the running for a great prize to Canberra's Floriade. Good Luck!

Waste2Art Impressive Creativity on Show

You've seen the old tvs, microwaves and assortment of waste on the streets of Orange waiting for the bulky goods collection, now you can see what some bright sparks have created from the stuff other people throw out. Be inspired by the arty pictures, the mobile aeroplanes (made from pegs and corks), the giant quilt, fabulous metal flowers, the mini Sydney Harbour Bridge, detailed tiny motorbikes and the most amazing TV Robot!!!! The exhibition is a NetWaste initiative and proudly sponsored by SIMS Metal. WASTE 2 ART is a community exhibition and competition that shows creative works made from reused and recycled waste materials. The purpose of the project is to encourage the concept of REDUCE REUSE and RECYCLE while changing attitudes about 'rubbish' and what waste we all create on a daily basis. Check it out for your yourself at Orange City Library this week!