Artist Barry Smith explainS his concept for the Little Yabba Creek, Kenilworth, site to poet Deanne Lister.
Artist Barry Smith explainS his concept for the Little Yabba Creek, Kenilworth, site to poet Deanne Lister. CONTRIBUTED

Hinterland Poetry Trail a path to creative tourism

A SERIES of art and poetry instalments are set to grace the green heart of the Sunshine Coast by the middle of next year.

The Hinterland Poetry Trail will be made up of three sites featuring creations from local artists and poetry written specifically for each.

The project, which is funded by Sunshine Coast Council and community donations, is in stage two of the three-part process and ultimately aims to benefit cultural tourism and bring interest to the hinterland area.

Project co-ordinator and poet Judith Bandidt lamented that many visitors missed out on the hinterland when they came to the region, preferring to remain on the coast.

The three poetry trail sites, which are in Maleny, Montville and Kenilworth, are all within easy driving distance of each other.

 

The Little Yabba Creek site.
The Little Yabba Creek site. CONTRIBUTED

"The idea is that you can just visit one site or make a day of it and go and have a coffee at Kenilworth then lunch at Maleny," Judith said.

"It's something you can do as a day out."

The idea started to take shape after Judith travelled to New Zealand in 2014 and saw a haiku walk where she followed a path scattered by boulders featuring philosophical writings.

She hopes this local project will concentrate specifically on the region, with each instalment of art and poetry unique and made to reflect the environment where they are displayed.

"We're trying to bring poetry to people in a way that's non-confrontational," Judith said.

"A lot of people don't see it as relevant.

"This is a way we can bring it to people in a gentle manner."

 

Poetry Trail project coordinator Judy Bandidt discusses the latest poetry news with community contact Shirley Moreland (left) and Arts Council president Mary-Jane Weld (right) at the Little Yabba Creek site.
Poetry Trail project coordinator Judy Bandidt discusses the latest poetry news with community contact Shirley Moreland (left) and Arts Council president Mary-Jane Weld (right) at the Little Yabba Creek site. CONTRIBUTED

The three initial poets - Deanne Lister, Lyn Browne and Judith Bandidt - are part of a poetry group which has met weekly for 10 years, reading and critiquing each other's work over lunch and a glass of wine.

The artists - Barry Smith, Wayne Smith and Wayne Markwort - expressed their interest for the project before finally being selected.

"This concept heralds an approach that opens up a multitude of possibilities to engage the public with two forms of art - poetry and sculptural or visual media," Wayne Smith said in a statement.

The team is hoping to receive more funding from the Federal Government initiative - the Australian Cultural Fund which allows people to go online to donate money to art and cultural projects. Any donation over $2 also warrants a tax deduction.

All funding will go towards paying the artists for their work, as well as the instalments of the project.

The group hopes to raise more than $50,000 to cover all costs.

"We poets work for love. We don't get paid," Judith said.

For information on how to support the Hinterland Poetry Trail project, contact Judith Bandidt at judy.bandidt@gmail.com or call 0427 745 579.


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