THE 2018 Ipswich Poetry Feast was launched recently with the annual Poet’s Breakfast at the Henry Lawson Bicentennial Park at Walloon. “This was the 16th year that the Poetry Feast has been going, it originated as part of a celebration of the 1891 Henry Lawson poem, The Babies of Walloon, and the rejuvenation of the Henry Lawson Bicentennial Park, Walloon, project,” said Cr Dave Pahlke, the chair of the Ipswich Poetry Feast Committee.

“The competition began with a National focus but has developed an International aspect due to overseas interest. The Ipswich Poetry Feast continues to gain in strength and prestige.” More than 2,600 people took part in events within the 2017 Ipswich Poetry Feast program, including online poetry workshops, poetry writing in local schools, special poetry events and the awards presentation. “The Ipswich Poetry Feast encourages and rewards excellence in the literary arts,” Cr Pahlke said.

“It offers aspiring poets of all ing new visitors to the region.” “This year’s competition will conclude at the annual IPF Awards Presentation evening on Friday, October 26.” ages the opportunity to gain experience and skills in poetry writing and performance, to showcase their talents and have their work published.

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