Tenterfield in awe of oracles

By MARY WARWICK, Tenterfield correspondent

PERFORMING bush poets are definitely a breed apart.

Not only are they able to memorise numerous epic poems, but they recite them in a way that entertains and has the audience shrieking with laughter or reaching for the tissues.

The poets at this year's Oracles of the Bush were exceptional.

Everything stopped on Saturday morning when John Best began performing 'Pigs Might Fly'. He drew crowds of spectators into the station forecourt and won a place in many a heart. Simultaneously, at the Centenary Cottage Museum in Logan Street, Noel Stallard poked fun at Volvo drivers and the audience loved it.

As with any good entertainment, the audience is left wanting more but at Tenterfield the poets have to keep moving on to the next venue, not because of the rotten tomatoes, but because they have to adhere to a very tight schedule.

Next year the Oracles will be held on April 7, 8 and 9 because Easter falls on the usual Oracles weekend.

The Oracles of the Bush art exhibition is always a spectacular demonstration of how creative artists can be. This year Borderline Regional Arts Association has given judges a headache, with so many talented pieces to choose from.

Marika Bryant, of Federal, was the winner with her painting while Dawn Thompson, of Coraki, was highly commended.



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