BEAUDESERT Bush Bards ended their year on a high note, with president Pamela Fox taking out first prize in a poetry contest.
“I am delighted to have just been notified of my first major poetry writing prize,” she said.
“I have won several awards for performance but the written competition is a much harder one to win as poets from far and wide compete.
Ms Fox was awarded first place in the Humorous Written Verse section of the Western Australian State Titles for her poem The Acting Postie’s Day.
“I prefer to write humorous poetry as I like to bring a smile to everyone’s faces,” she said.
The Beaudesert Bush Bards have been very active in recent months, running a popular limerick competition, performing at the markets and raising funds for the group.
The local poets awarded Maurice Hardy with a prize for his winning limerick on Saturday and then repaired to the Beaudesert RSL Club for their annual Christmas party, where they announced the winner of their major raffle prize.
There were 23 members in attendance at the lunch, including Col Dearing who took on the role of Santa Claus for the event.
Ms Fox said Linda Jackson had the winning raffle ticket and won the painting Poppies created by fellow bard and local artist Margaret Cotter.
“The raffle money is going towards a sound system which we have found we need for various activities especially those held outdoors,” Ms Fox said.
“We found we were seriously handicapped at the Arty Pharty Party when the musican, whose sound system we use at the markets, failed to attend.
“We had intended reading all of the limerick entries during the morning but despite this, we still considered the limerick competition a success because of the number of entries received and the members of the public who took part in the popular choice selection.”
Ms Fox said the Bush Bards would reconvene on January 11 and would welcome new members next year.
“Anyone who enjoys poetry with rhyme and rhythm is welcome – you don’t have to write or recite poems,” she said.
“We have very informal and fun meetings on the second Friday of each month.”
For more information contact Pamela Fox on 5541 2662.