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Wax lyrical and win a prize

Tuesday, 3rd February, 2015

Last year’s Fringe Festival poetry competition winner, Barbara DeFranceschi, is encouraging everyone to have a go in this year’s competition. PICTURE: Emily Roberts Last year’s Fringe Festival poetry competition winner, Barbara DeFranceschi, is encouraging everyone to have a go in this year’s competition. PICTURE: Emily Roberts

Broken Hill has produced so many talented people - singers, dancers, artists - that it stands to reason there must be quite a few good poets here as well.

That is why the Broken Hill Fringe Festival will include a poetry writing competition among its many activities during the festival from March 5 to March 15.

Budding poets, as well as more experienced writers, are invited to enter.

Entry forms - available from the South Library and in today’s BDT - must accompany entries.

Adult writers may submit one poem only on the theme of “change” and “Broken Hill”, giving their poems their own title. 

Entries must be original and legible and there are three prizes - $100, $50 or $25.

All entries should be lodged at the BDT Office.

School students aged 14-17 years are encouraged to enter the student section where there are also three prizes - $50, $25 and $15.

Entry forms are available from the English staff at the Broken Hill and Willyama high schools. Original poems with the title of either “In My Backyard” or “The Winner” may be submitted.

The poems can be funny, sad, personal, satirical - whatever you like - and can rhyme or be written in free verse.

Last year’s winner of the competition, Barbara DeFranceschi, said she had always dabbled in poetry.

“For the last 15 to 16 years; I would say I’m a professional poet,” she said.

“I’ve had work published. I think you can call yourself a poet once you have been published.”

Mrs DeFranceschi came first and second in last year’s competition.

“The theme was surviving in the desert,” she said.

“I wrote specifically for the competition - it was good fun.

“I’d encourage everyone to try their hand at it.

“You might be surprised with the results.”

Mrs DeFranceschi said there were a couple of things to do when it came to poems.

“You have to observe the world around you and interpret that in a poetic way,” she said.

“You also have to be able to communicate with your readers and make it accessible.”

She said she had entered the competition again this year.

While busy writing poetry, Mrs DeFranceschi has also found time to take on an artist-in-residence post.

“I will be doing that at the University Department of Rural Health.

“I will be conducting writing exercises with the medical students to help them communicate and carry that through into their clinical practices.”

Entries for both adult and student sections must be in by close of business on February 20 and the winners will be announced at the South Library at 2pm on Sunday, March 8 at a wine-and-cheese afternoon tea.

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