Tenterfield ready for a poetry celebration
By MARY WARWICK, Tenterfield Correspondent
POETRY for breakfast? In Tenterfield this weekend, yes!
As the sun melted the early morning fog on Friday morning, people were drawn to Bruxner Park by the mouth-watering aroma of a sausage sizzle to be greeted by local identity Aub Gillespie, the 2005 Oracles of the Bush Legend.
Phil Ainsworth compered the event and the local radio station, Ten FM, was on hand to provide the music.
Breakfast entertainment was provided by Tenterfield poet Tony Kelly ? himself a past Legend ? and popular Queenslander Gary Fogarty.
When a small town decides to throw a party to attract visitors from far and wide, it first seeks out a theme that will fire up enthusiasm and give folk the urge to travel.
In Tenterfield, in NSW's New England, it was suggested that bush poetry might be the go.
So began this annual celebration of bush poetry, the Oracles of the Bush.
Since 1996, the celebration has been growing at an astonishing rate, and people do indeed travel great distances for this weekend of performed poetry, dances, exhibitions and competitions.