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Henry Lawson remembered on 150th anniversary of his birth

16 June 2017

Ipswich Poetry Feast Chairman Councillor David Pahlke has paid tribute to Henry Lawson on the 150th anniversary of the Australian wordsmith’s birth.

Speaking at Henry Lawson Bicentennial Park in Walloon, Cr Pahlke said it was an exciting time for fans of the iconic poet, who was born on 17 June, 1867.

“I was thrilled to MC the bush poets’ awards night at the Henry Lawson Festival in Gulgong earlier this month,” he said.

“Lawson has also been celebrated in a series of stamps and other collectables produced by Australia Post and released this week.

“Many people would be unaware of his connection to the Ipswich area, penning The Babies of Walloon in 1891 after the tragic drowning of sisters Bridget Kate and Mary Jane Broderick in a waterhole at Walloon.

“A memorial to the poem takes pride of place at this park and every year poets around the world draw on inspiration from people like Lawson to enter the Ipswich Poetry Feast international writing competition.”

Now in its 15th year, the Ipswich Poetry Feast also includes school and online workshops.

The 2016 writing competition attracted more than 1,000 entries with winners coming from as far afield as New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and Bangkok.

Entries for this year’s writing competition close at 5pm on Friday, 28 July.

For more information go here.

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