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Banjo Paterson Writing Awards Winners


Amy Robinson, Deputy Mayor Cr Jason Hamling and Toby Johnston

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Banjo Paterson Writing Awards. Thank you to all who entered this year’s competition.

The winners of the short story section are:

  1. Movement at the station by John Scholz, Willonga SA
  2. Quiet Child by Carmel Lillis, Yarraville VIC
  3. Discriminating Judgement by Ruth McConnell, Chapman ACT

The winners of the Open Poetry section are:

  1. The Little Explorer’s Diary by Margaret Bradstock, Coogee NSW
  2. Romeo and Juliet by Peter O’Shaughnessey, Eaton WA
  3. The Tree of Antiquity by Jacqui Merckenschlager, Murray Bridge SA

The winners of the Bush Poetry section are:

1.The Novice and the Bard by Max Merckenschlager, Murray Bridge SA

2. Willy Wally Gully by Will Moody, Bellingen NSW

3. The Race Napoleon Won by Elizabeth Egan, Crookwell NSW

ABC Children’s Writing Awards:

  1. Arcane Intellect by Toby Johnston, Orange NSW
  2. Adieu, Thirteen by Celine Ng, Winthrop WA
  3. A Cat’s Secret by Amy Robinson, Orange, NSW


Children's Programs Restart at Orange City Library


Children’s programs have returned to Orange City Library for the school term. Ten Minutes A Day is held Mondays 10.15am – 10.45am suitable for babies to 1 year olds. 1,2 Books is held Mondays 10.15am – 10.45am for toddlers aged 1 – 2 years old. Music For Little Ears is held on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am to 10.20am. It is suitable for 2 – 5 year olds. And Storytime for pre-schoolers – 3-5 years old is held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11am. Bookings for all programs are essential, please book via Eventbrite.com or call 6393 8132.












Leanne Wood Torment Book Launch

Leanne signing books

Nan Meredith, Leanne Wood, Marg Petrie, Vicki Costello and Lyn Wood

Christine Williams and Helen McPherson at the launch

Leanne with Wendy and Ian Reid at the launch

Local author Leanne Wood celebrated the launch of her new suspense thriller novel  Torment at Orange City Library before a large crowd. She talked about the revenge theme of the book, her writing routine and answered questions from the audience about her writing including characters and ideas. Thank you to all who came along.


Pageturners July Read

Love reading? Join in the thought provoking discussion about the Miles Franklin Literary Awards longlist on Wednesday 12th July from 5.30pm – 7pm. Please RSVP to 6393 8132 or via eventbrite.com.

The Longlisted books are:

Steven Amsterdam: The Easy Way Out

Emily Maguire: An Isolated Incident

Mark O’Flynn: The Last Days of Ava Langdon

Ryan O’Neill: Their Brilliant Careers

Josephine Wilson: Extinctions

Kristen Tranter: Hold

Inga Simpson: Where the Trees Were

Phillip Salom: Waiting

Josephine Rowe: A Loving, Faithful Animal

We will also try and predict the winner.

Forbes Storytime Moves to Thursdays

Kathy and Kaltia ready for Storytime

Forbes Storytime sessions have moved to fortnightly on Thursdays.  The  sessions for the rest of the year will be held on the following dates:

July 13th and 17th

August 10th and 24th

September 7th and 21st

October 5th and 19th

November 2nd and 16th

December 7th

Preschool age children and their parents and carers are most welcome to attend. The children enjoy stories followed by a craft activity.