Help celebrate Banjo Paterson’s birthday with bush poetry by campfire

February 9, 2017 by  

Gladesville residents will be among many people invited to attend birthday celebrations for renowned former local poet Banjo Paterson.

The important date on local calendars, as in previous years, will be marked by the staging of the annul Bush Poetry event, which will feature a night of music, ballads and bush poetry by the campfire.

Willoughby Council Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney said the full programme of events to mark the special celebrations will include the reading of poetry works written by Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson, performed by Diana Bates, Peter Carmody and Don Swonnell.

Greg Dymock, together with a few special guests, will provide musical accompaniment.

Both poets have spent parts of their life within the city. Banjo Paterson lived with his grandmother in Rockend Cottage, Gladesville which is now a popular tourist attraction, while Henry Lawson rented a room from Isabel Byers in her Market Street, Naremburn home.

The Mayor said the City of Willoughby urged residents to join in the celebrations and experience a piece of the area’s rich history first hand, against a backdrop of a place in Willoughby which Henry Lawson has described as his favourite spot.

It is located at the rear of the Willoughby Leisure Centre and is accessible via the bush steps that lead to the walking and cycling track.

She said the free event, to be held on February 19, promises to be a wonderful evening of bush poetry and tea by the campfire.