Young central Victorian poets tap into all things Aussie

FOOTBALL, bush, Ned Kelly and dad’s chooks were just some of the Australian-themed poems performed at the Rusty Nail Bush Poetry Competition at Lockwood Primary School yesterday.

The annual competition is organised by the primary school and Bendigo Goldfields Bush Poets, and was opened by City of Greater Bendigo mayor Alec Sandner.

The competition is in its 11th year and has three categories: written poetry, performance of an original poem and performance of a poem by another poet.

Lockwood Primary School reading recovery teacher Lynne Frederick said most people performed an original bush poem – a poem that rhymes and has Australian content.

Ms Frederick loves bush poems and hoped the youngsters would develop an appreciation for it too.

“I love the rhythm and cadences by (Banjo) Paterson,” she said. 

“It’s part of our Australian tradition.”

Every Lockwood Primary student entered a written submission, while students from Harcourt, St Francis and Maiden Gully schools also performed yesterday.

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