Bush poetry and tall tales make smoko fun

Janis Reade and Jim Penny enjoying the bush storytelling at Nebo Museum.
Janis Reade and Jim Penny enjoying the bush storytelling at Nebo Museum.

A BRONZE drover, the spoken word and an exultant hearty feed became the centrepieces of the Bush Poet's Smoko.

More than 70 people gathered at Nebo Museum as it came alive with history, tall tales and a swag of poetry on Sunday, October 8. Isaac Regional Council deputy mayor Geoff Bethel, who officially opened the event, said the historic town celebrated 16 years of spinning bush yarns.

"Visitors were treated to an array of poetry and songs by performers of all ages," Cr Bethel said. "As well as Nebo locals, poets came from Mackay, Moranbah and Clermont to share their love of the spoken word.

"Emcee Dan Lockyer kept the program running smoothly and the highlight was seeing the children and adult performers from Moranbah Arts dressed in period costume.

"Singer Kate Lockyer, a veteran of the event since she was five years old, sang while the audience tucked into a delicious barbecue catered by the QCWA's Nebo Sarina Range branch.

"People also enjoyed speaking with local artist Kay Paton who was in attendance with a display of her beautiful bronze sculptures," Cr Bethel said.


Missed out on the Bush Poet's Smoko? There are more events coming this October including the Mayor's Charity Ball under the stars at the Moranbah Community Centre and the Isaac Libraries Tech Fest at Dysart Library, both on Saturday, October 21.

For more information on upcoming events visit, phone 1300 ISAACS (1300 472 227) or visit an Isaac Regional Council office.

Topics:  bush poets clermont isaac regional council mackay moranbah nebo museum

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