Ipswich Poetry Feast 2013
An annual program of literary events aimed at encouraging, promoting and showcasing poets and poetry writing for all ages.
Poetry Feast Brochure (1.1MB pdf)
In the latter part of the nineteenth century two young children, Bridget and Mary Broderick, drowned at a waterhole at Walloon. This tragic event was the subject of a poem penned by Henry Lawson in 1891 titled "The Babies of Walloon". This link to Henry Lawson resulted in the redevelopment of nearby Henry Lawson Bicentennial Park which includes a bronze life sized statue memorialising the two little girls and a bronze Henry Lawson lectern and poet's platform.
The Ipswich Poetry Feast is a citywide initiative aimed at commemorating this significant event through the introduction of an annual international poetry writing competition and events that:
- Encourage young and aspiring poets
- Provide an opportunity for poets to showcase their work
- Raise community awareness of the creativity and skills in poetry writing
- Promote Ipswich as a vibrant, culturally rich region