Yesterday I was privileged to participate in a bush poetry gathering, held at the Henry Lawson Cave in the Sydney suburb of Willoughby, and recited “Clancy@TheOverflow”, a “modernised” version of Banjo Paterson’s classic poem “Clancy of the Overflow”. For the text of Banjo’s original, see http://www.middlemiss.org/lit/authors/patersonab/poetry/clancy.html .
The modernised version is by Joe Wolfe, a professor of physics at the University of New South Wales, and can be found at http://newt.phys.unsw.edu.au/~jw/clancy-at-the-overflow.html . Joe has also written an updated version of Banjo’s “The Man from Snowy River”, and the text of that is included at the same website.
Bush poetry seems to be a thriving business, with many bush poetry events, including both spoken and written poetry competitions, all around the country. The Tamworth Country Music Festival, held every January, even has the Golden Damper Awards for bush poetry!
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