Time for Toodyay to rhyme and shine

Bush poets John Hayes, Grace Williamson, Rob Gunn and Christine Boult with musician Michael Blake aka Outback Paddy.
Bush poets John Hayes, Grace Williamson, Rob Gunn and Christine Boult with musician Michael Blake aka Outback Paddy.

The town will host the inaugural bush poetry festival from November 1-3, which coincides with the 2013 WA Bush Poetry State Championships.

Gordon said visitors could expect the best WA poets to be at the free festival this year.

‘We are expecting it to become an annual event,’ he said.

Gordon defined bush poetry as rhyming Australian verse in the tradition of Banjo Paterson or Henry Lawson.

‘In the past 20 to 25 years it has grown enormously in popularity. We want Toodyay to be the bush poetry capital of Australia,’ he said.

‘People can come up for one day or the whole festival.’

The festival will include bush poetry workshops, a club night, a poet’s breakfast, a poet’s brawl and a display of bush poems written by local school children and adults.

There will also be a bush dance on the Saturday night.

More information and a full timetable can be found at wabushpoets.asn.au.