Binalong Bush Poetry Prize:
Binalong Arts Group, with Robyn as President, hosted the 2016 ABPA NSW Bush Poetry Championships, September 9-11, in Banjo Paterson country.
You can download the program for the 2016 Binalong Bush Poetry Prize, hosting the 2016 ABPA NSW Bush Poetry Championships here: 2016 PROGRAM FINAL
Previously hosted the 2014 ABPA Bush Poetry Championships.
There is something about Binalong and the picturesque district surrounding the village that inspires poets. From the ages of 7-10, the young Barty Paterson (later known as Banjo) rode his pony the few miles from Illalong, the property his father managed, to the public school at Binalong (in Camden Street). He continued his education in Sydney, but returned to Illalong for holidays. In later years, Paterson recalled his life on Illalong fondly, and his memories of life there were very clear. It was on Illalong that he first grew to love the Australian bush and the country life. It was there he met some of the bush characters who became fictionalised in his poetry and prose. Successive generations around Binalong have kept the tradition of Banjo Paterson alive, with the sadly missed Bubbles Garry, Isobel McDonald and Adrian Sykes among those who would break into poetry at community events, concerts, parties, picnics and more. In more recent times Robyn Sykes, Australian Women’s Bush Poetry Performance Champion, and George Elliot have continued the tradition. In the 1980s Binalong hosted the Binalong Banjo Paterson Prize, a written competition which featured a renowned presentation ceremony in the Binalong Court House. In 2013, the Binalong Mechanics Institute was packed for a bush poetry performance competition, the Binalong Banjo Paterson Bush Poetry Prize. In 2014, the Binalong Bush Poetry Prize hosted the hugely successful 2014 ABPA NSW Bush Poetry Championships.
Now in 2016, all poets, poetry lovers and supporters are welcome in Binalong on September 9-11 for the Binalong Bush Poetry Prize and 2016 ABPA NSW Bush Poetry Championships. We’d love to see you in our lovely village!