WISE WORDS: Marjorie Bostock gave a reading at the Poetry Feast launch.
WISE WORDS: Marjorie Bostock gave a reading at the Poetry Feast launch. Rob Williams

Vintage launch to Poetry Feast

TWO poetry enthusiasts with a combined age of 203 helped launch the 14th annual Ipswich Poetry Feast in Walloon yesterday.

Ipswich's oldest resident, 107-year-old Marjorie Bostock, was joined by Moree local Les Smith, 96, at the traditional Poet's Breakfast and reading.

They were part of a 100-strong crowd that celebrated the launch of the international writing competition, a major component of the Ipswich Poetry Feast, at Henry Lawson Park.

Ipswich Poetry Feast Committee chairman Councillor David Pahlke said the special guests were ideal ambassadors for the event.

"Marjorie and Les are proof that poetry is timeless. It's a form of writing that appeals to all ages and abilities," he said.

"That's one of the great things about this competition, it brings people together and encourages them to have a go.

"Last year's competition attracted winning entries from as far afield as Fraser Island, Longreach, Charters Towers and even Thailand.

"We're once again expecting more than 1000 entries from people of all ages."

Mayor Paul Pisasale encouraged budding poets to put pen to paper and take part in this year's competition.

"We always unearth some incredible talent. There are regulars who try their hand each and every year and first timers who just want to do something different," he said.

"It's a competition that continues to challenge and inspire people and it really puts the focus on our great poets."

The Ipswich Poetry Feast was inspired by Henry Lawson's connection to the region. In 1891 he wrote The Babies of Walloon after the tragic drowning of sisters Bridget Kate and Mary Jane Broderick in a waterhole at Walloon.

Entries for the competition close at 5pm on Friday, 29 July.

For more information visit www.IpswichPoetry Feast.com.au.

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