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14 October, 2021

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The Longreach State School held a bush poetry reading.

By Michael R Williams

The Year 1 prep group working through the poem, together.

LOCAL students tested their hands at poetry recital last week, with results varying from adorable to inspiring.  

Longreach State School students performed poems to the Longreach public this year after the Children’s Bush Poetry Performance Festival in Winton was restricted to written competition for a second year.  

Organiser and 5/6 Teacher Tania Bradley said after the cancellation of the live part of the Winton Festival, the students were still eager to perform their poetry.  

“So, [teachers Kasha Keating and Delaney Hoyes and Ms Bradley] decided to start our own competition,” she said. 
“[The event] was great, but there are still improvements to be made  for next year. 

“I want to start including more of the public. 

“I want to make it a bit larger as an annual event where we then finish off at Winton [for the Children’s Bush Poetry Performance Festival].” 

Ms Bradley said she was impressed and inspired by Winton festival. 

“I’m not going to step on top of that, but I want to start something here,” she said.  

“Cause if we can’t do it there, we don’t want the event to stop.  

Ms Bradley said poetry is advantageous to a child’s upbringing.  

“[Because] Language, literature, exposure – all of that is so beneficial [to a child’s upbringing],” she said.   

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