Bribie's own bush poets celebrate first birthday

BUSH POETS: Barry and Cay Ellem reciting lines of bush poetry.
BUSH POETS: Barry and Cay Ellem reciting lines of bush poetry. Rachel Lang

TWELVE months ago, four Bribie Islanders with a love for the bush banded together to form a poetry group.

In their first meeting, the Bush Poets saw nearly 40 people come through the doors of the Blue Pacific Hotel to hear from the likes of Banjo Paterson, Henry Lawson, and even locals such as club co-ordinator and award-winning bush poet Cay Ellem.

Next week marks the club's first birthday, an exciting prospect for the group.

"We're pretty excited that it's got to its first birthday," Mrs Ellem said.

"We've discovered some great poets on the island here - people who write their own stuff or people who just want to listen."


Now, the monthly meeting averages about 15 people per meeting.

One of those poets is Woorim's Sharmayne Kurtz, who joined the group to develop her craft.

"It's been a great support for me," Mrs Kurtz said.

"They have workshops which allow you to improve in what you're doing.

"Other than that you're just writing but you have someone to converse with about how you go about it."

The Bush Poets will celebrate their first birthday on October 24 in the conference room of the Blue Pacific Hotel at 6.30pm.

Birthday cake will be served, all are welcome.

Entry is free.

Topics:  bribie island bush poet poet poety

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