A day of poems, music and yarns in the bush

Poet Claire Reynolds, Gloucester, Jenny Markwell, Maitland, Lois Sanders, Clarence Town, Fay Markwell, Wangi Wangi and Dungog-Clarence Town CWA president Margaret Watson. Jenny Markwell is the current NSW Bush Poet and was runner-up at the Australian championships last month. See photogallery for more photos of the day.Wow! At Dungog-Clarence Town CWA’s poets day on Thursday, there were smiles, laughter and tears as we were entertained by award-winning poets from near and far and delightful musical interludes from local performers.

All were organised by our member and cultural officer Lois Sanders and her husband Bob.

Congratulations to you both on a fantastic and very enjoyable day’s entertainment.

The day started with delicious date, pumpkin and jam with cream scones, made by member Kay Edwards.

We were very ably and humorously guided through the programme by compere Gordon Ewin.

The bush, golf, Howard’s way, dirty socks, breast cancer, the laundry, Clydesdales, getting fit for shop sales, mother, the colt that got away and the bush school were just a few of the topics used by the poets to entertain us – Heather Searles, Bob Markwell, Claire Reynolds, Jenny Markwell, Bob Bush, Joyce Byron, Tom Boorer, Lois and Bob Sanders.

There were also two very special performers on the day – brother and sister, Dylan and Erin Saunders, both students at Dungog High School.

Erin was the mystery poet at our last year’s event and returned this year for a repeat performance.

Dylan was inspired by his sister’s performance last year, and wanted to read a poem this year. So he was the mystery poet for 2012.

His performance delighted the audience and he was given a standing ovation which is a tradition when a poet performs for the first time. Well done to you both! It is fantastic to see the younger generation interested in poetry.

One of the musical interludes was songs performed by Janine Epere and her daughter Jess.

The other was by Jackie Luke and Greg Wilson, also known as ‘Springtide’. They delighted us with songs, poems and musical items played on a hammered dulcimer, guitar, ukuleles, para-celtic harp and concertina.

Half way through the program, CWA members served a delicious two course lunch which, judging by the comments, was enjoyed by all – well done ladies!

Thank you to the poets and entertainers who generously shared their talent and time with us.

To the very appreciative audience, some of whom travelled from afar, thank you for supporting our event and please spread the word for next year.

Maureen Humphrey

Publicity Officer

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