Sixth Toolangi C. J. Dennis Poetry Festival

Post your images from any Bush Poetry events here.

Please keep the file sizes down to under 150kb. If your greatest image dimension is 600px or under, there will be no problems keeping within the file sizes.
Keeping the LARGEST dimensions at 600px means, if the length is 600px then the width could be the same but preferably less. Conversly, if the width is 600px then the length could be the same but preferably less.
Forum rules
Please keep the file sizes down to under 150kb and the dimensions UNDER 600 X 600px ...
Post Reply
User avatar
Stephen Whiteside
Posts: 3783
Joined: Sat Nov 27, 2010 1:07 pm
Contact:

Sixth Toolangi C. J. Dennis Poetry Festival

Post by Stephen Whiteside » Mon Oct 28, 2013 6:25 am

I'm on a bit of a high after just returning from the Sixth Toolangi C. J. Dennis Poetry Festival held, as always, in "The Singing Gardens", in Toolangi, former home of C. J. Dennis.

Numbers were the best ever this year, no doubt due, at least in part, to the attendance of that wonderful Australian storyteller, Ted Egan, who is Patron of the C. J. Dennis Society. Ted was extremely generous with his time, and we are enormously grateful to him for his contribution. He also put on a wonderful solo show on Saturday at the C. J. Dennis Hall, just a short way up the road from "The Singing Gardens".

Here we see Jim Brown (aka 'Banjo' Paterson) performing Noel Watson's version of Waltzing Matilda in front of the famed copper beech tree. (This was planted to commemorate the visit to Toolangi by the English Poet Laureate John Masefield in 1934.) Ted is standing on the right of the picture.
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.
Stephen Whiteside, Australian Poet and Writer
http://www.stephenwhiteside.com.au

User avatar
David Campbell
Posts: 1232
Joined: Sun Nov 28, 2010 10:27 am
Location: Melbourne
Contact:

Re: Sixth Toolangi C. J. Dennis Poetry Festival

Post by David Campbell » Mon Oct 28, 2013 10:00 am

A great weekend! Not shown in the photo is Stephen who, as C. J. Dennis, did his usual terrific job of leading the 'moving theatre' around the gardens and explaining the history of the place. Throw in some poetry and banter by CJ, Henry and Banjo (and a mysterious character from the 21st century called Ted) and the audience, judging by comments afterwards as they tucked into devonshire tea, really enjoyed themselves.

Ted was there for the whole weekend and it was a memorable experience to sit and chat to him over breakfast and lunch on the Sunday. As Stephen says, he was very generous with his time and contributed yarns and songs right across the two days. He's a marvellous entertainer with an amazing depth of knowledge about Australia and its characters...many of whom he knows.

Cheers
David

User avatar
Stephen Whiteside
Posts: 3783
Joined: Sat Nov 27, 2010 1:07 pm
Contact:

Re: Sixth Toolangi C. J. Dennis Poetry Festival

Post by Stephen Whiteside » Mon Oct 28, 2013 10:45 am

Thanks, David. It should also be mentioned that David, and also Jim Brown, made extremely large and valuable contributions to the festival, as always. The festival appears to be growing slowly but surely every year, which must be a good sign.
Stephen Whiteside, Australian Poet and Writer
http://www.stephenwhiteside.com.au

Post Reply