Celia Kershaw claims the open poetry prize as a councillor beats the mayors | List of winners

WINNING WORDS: Celia Kershaw won first place with her poem Turtle in the Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Competition. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0217jkbanjo5
WINNING WORDS: Celia Kershaw won first place with her poem Turtle in the Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Competition. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0217jkbanjo5

Words painted a thousand pictures when 34 poets from across NSW and interstate contested the annual Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry competition at the Orange Civic Theatre on Saturday.

Celia Kershaw won the open section with a recital of her work Turtle.

The Nationals candidate at the 2016 state election, Scott Barrett, turned his hand to poetry and won the novice section.

Tom Inman from Mullion Creek won the novice reading section while Amy Robinson of Orange Public School claimed the primary school prize and Sophie Duncan of James Sheahan Catholic High School won the secondary school section.

And the mayors of Orange, Cr Reg Kidd, and Blayney, Cr Scott Ferguson, were beaten by a non-mayor, Cabonne’s Cr Paul Mullins, in the Mayoral Challenge.

Competition co-ordinator Len Banks said Cr Mullins was representing his council after the mayor, Cr Kevin Beatty, was unavailable.

Mr Banks said the event was growing year by year.

“We attracted 34 poets who presented 54 poems during a full day of competition,” he said.

“Poets had to perform their own original poems and were judged by three Australian champion bush poets.”

2018 BANJO PATERSON AUSTRALIAN POETRY COMPETITION

WINNERS

Primary School

1st: Amy Robinson from Orange Public School, Weekend Lessons

2nd: Abigail Kiely from Orange Public School, My imaginary world

3rd: Ebony Inman from Mullion Creek Public School, Brumbies

Secondary School

1st: Sophia Duncan from James Sheahan Catholic High School, Clear Skies

2nd: Fenella Beer from Orange High School, An old Aussie outback

Novice Reading

1st: Tom Inman from Mullion Creek, I’d rather a dog

2nd: David Judge from Bendigo, Victoria, Coodravale Homestead

3rd: Robert Cox from Manildra, The stockman

Novice Recital

1st: Scott Barrett from Borenore, Sunday drinks

2nd: Val Wallace from Glendale, Killed in action

3rd: Derek (Doc) Bland from Eatons Hill, Qld, Australia on the Moon

Open

1st: Celia Kershaw from Port Macquarie, Turtle

2nd: Rhonda Tallnash from Violet Town, Victoria, The shirt

3rd: Rhonda Tallnash from Violet Town, The wrapper

Mayoral Challenge, with the theme: If Banjo was here today

1st: Paul Mullins representing the Mayor of Cabonne, On the roads

2nd equal: Reg Kidd Mayor of Orange, What he would say and Scott Ferguson

Mayor of Blayney, A love poem.

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