Lismore poets get versed for live Cup
THE Lismore Poetry Cup will reunite the biggest poets and writers of the Lismore area in the biggest event of the year for the Lismore Live Poets.
Live Poets organiser and local poet David Hallett said the event has been going for more than 20 years.
"The Annual Poet's Cup event of the Lismore's Live Poets started in 1991 at the Lismore Club and it is the highlight of the Lismore poetry year," he said.
"Live Poets provides a stage and a soapbox for local and visiting poets.
"It has also served to feature local and visiting writers, book launches and poetry slams.
"This is our annual grand slam."
The competition format requires poets to preset a two minute poetry piece.
There is no set theme for the work presented, but the material has to be original.
Mr Hallett said between 20 and 30 poets enter the cup every year.
"The Live Poets has been going such a long time it has developed a number of poets and performers in the area. There is always someone new every time we have a reading night," he said.
"We have many people who have been performing their poetry here for more than 20 years.
"The cup has previously been won by some of the best well-known performers and poets in the area, such as Catherine Stewart, a three-time winner of the Poetry Cup.
"Other well known poets from the area, who are part of the cup, are Christine Strelan and Nimbin poet Jane Treasure".
Besides the overall winner's award, for the last three years the Poetry Cup has also been giving away the Geraldine Cup.
The late Geraldine Bigalow was a previous winner of the Poetry Cup and the award honours her contribution to local poetry.
A poet will also receive the People's Choice Award as part of the evening.
At the New Tatts Hotel in Lismore on Wednesday October 14, from 8pm. $7/$5