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Get some culture into ya

Staff writer

Words matter: Celebrating the scribblings of Banjo Paterson with comestibles and conversation. Supplied.

The Banjo Paterson Poetry Festival is on from February 12 to 20 in Orange and surrounding locations.

Highlights include:

Saturday February 12

Visit the ruins of the Banjo Paterson family homestead on Buckinbah Station.

The event will also serve as a launch for a reprint of a book titled A.B. “Banjo” Paterson (1963) by Mr Clement Semmler OBE, AO, an authority on the works of Australian poets, particularly Banjo Paterson.

Semmler's son Peter Semmler OBE, QC and family will be guests on the day to launch this reprint.

The event is free and Covid-friendly, just bring a hat, water and a chair. Enter the property at the lower end of Lord Street, Yeoval.

Saturday February 12

The Molong Advancement Group, Molong Players and Freemasons Hotel present the Poetry Brawl.

Judged by National Champion Bush Poet Robyn Sykes.

Entrants must perform a one-minute original poem/lyric/limerick.

This poem can be recited, sung or rapped.

Tribute to an icon. Supplied.

Monday February 14 and Tuesday February 15

Poetry on the Pavers and barbeque breakfast, sponsored by Rotary, Orange Centre South Court near the library.

Saturday February 19

Youth Poetry Competition at the Orange Conservatorium of Music

Sunday February 20

The festival closes with Community Day at Orange Showground.

There are events in Orange, Yeoval, Molong, Stuart Town and at wineries.

* All events will be Covid-safe. Many events are free however you may need to book a ticket.


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