Poets get lyrical in South West visit

Busselton Dunsborough Times
The Bush Poets Odyssey fundraising night will return to the Busselton Football Club this year.
Camera IconThe Bush Poets Odyssey fundraising night will return to the Busselton Football Club this year.

Bush poetry is returning to the region this weekend with the launch of the third annual South West Bush Poets Festival on Sunday.

The festival – which will see regular Colin Driscoll joined by Gary Fogarty and Errol Gray in their visit west – runs from Sunday until Saturday, May 6, and incorporates a long table lunch, poetry workshops at the Busselton Men’s Shed, school incursions and a fundraising night at the Busselton Football Club.

Driscoll has been writing and performing bush poetry for more than 15 years, picking up a Golden Damper Award at the Tamworth Bush Poetry Competition in the process.

Fogarty and Gray join the poet and bring with them their own accolades, and among Fogarty’s achievements is a tilt at the World Championships of Performing Arts in Hollywood, where his efforts to bring bush poetry to the world stage earned him a bronze medal.

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Organiser Cathy Howard said the festival — sponsored by the City of Busselton, South West Development Commission, Whicher Ridge Wines and South West Precision Print — was a great opportunity for locals to get lyrical.

“You will be working one on one with three of Australia’s most highly regarded bush poets and entertainers from the east coast of Australia which is something rare indeed to be on offer in Busselton,” she said.

“The Bush Poets Odyssey Show on Saturday night is an entertaining, fairly inexpensive way to spend a Saturday evening, and at the same time, have the opportunity to contribute to a very worthy cause the Black Dog Ride.”

The festival begins with the Bush Poets Long Table Lunch at Whicher Ridge Wines on Sunday, followed by a free bush poetry workshop at the Busselton Men’s Shed on Wednesday evening, and concludes with a breakfast at the Men’s Shed and the Bush Poets Odyssey night, with school incursions throughout the South West in between.

More information and bookings can be made with Mrs Howard at South West Odyssey Events on 0448 531 399 or at swoevents@westnet.com.au, with tickets online at www.whicherridge.com.au, by phoning 9753 1394 or emailing wine@whicherridge.com.au, or at www.stickytickets.com.au.

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