Tamrookum poet offers light-hearted look at Scenic Rim life

Tamrookum man Len Bischoff holding his book and displays his trophies.
Tamrookum man Len Bischoff holding his book and displays his trophies.

STORIES of Scenic Rim history, growing old and shopping mishaps are all featured in a Tamrookum man’s poetry collection.

Len Bischoff’s book, Remember when, is about the demise of the dairy industry and events in his life since entering in poetry contests.

“The poems are memories of my life and the things that happened in the districts over the last 20 or 30 years – it’s history as I know it,” he said.

“I wrote about how Kooralbyn had gone from a cattle station to a resort location, Rathdowney’s heritage festivals and Canungra’s early days when it was a timber town.”

The poet has won several awards and trophies, including the title of Beaudesert Country and Horse Festival’s bush poets competition winner two years in a row.

Mr Bischoff said six months ago, he found his old poetry and realised not many people had heard the rhymes before.

He said he decided to publish the collection after someone told him he should preserve his poetry for the next generation.

Mr Bischoff said he wanted to share his poetry with the community and wanted to bring enjoyment to those who would read it.

He said he penned most of his poems about 30 years ago since he won his first poetry contest in 1997.

“I used to play guitar and sing western (songs) before I started writing poetry for birthdays, anniversaries and weddings.”

“When I entered in my first competition at the country and horse festival, I won it and the judges encouraged me to do more poetry so from then on, I kept on writing.

“I remember winning another poetry competition at Rathdowney and won $100 and that was big money for a poet in those days.”

Mr Bischoff said funds raised from the book would go to BlazeAid as he experienced what their volunteers did firsthand.

“Being a farmer, I know what it’s like putting up fences after floods and I am very appreciative of what they do,” he said.

“They came to help my son with fencing that was damaged on our family farm and they were a great help.”

To buy Remember when, go to Beaudesert Mitre 10 and Rathdowney Information Centre and Historical Museum.

Alternatively, call Len Bischoff on 5544 2236.