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
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
1st: Sophia Duncan from James Sheahan Catholic High School, Clear Skies
2nd: Fenella Beer from Orange High School, An old Aussie outback
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
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
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.