Molong Poetry Brawl: Lyrical War of Entertaining “Thread Spinners” Participates in February Festival Again | West Central Daily

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While the event doesn’t involve actual fistfight-type duels, the contenders will indeed face off in a war of words during February’s Molong Poetry Brawl. Award-winning poet Robyn Sykes will return to judge the passionate performers, who will creatively weave the words ‘take me alive’ and ‘Bank Street’ throughout one-minute performances. “It’s your story, so it doesn’t have to follow traditional poetic forms at all,” said event organizer Jude Taylor. “Make us laugh, make us cry – too bad, too sad, too dark, too happy – it will all fill the record.” With “good spinners who will keep you entertained”, the event is expecting another successful evening in 2022; and to continue to drop the stigma of “school poetry”. “You talk to people about poetry and I think half the population goes back and thinks about poetry school days, and they don’t see it as storytelling,” Ms Taylor said. “And I think people forget that music was usually made up of stories and poems first.” The unmistakable “Take me alive” and “Bank Street” in each of the contestants’ stories and poems, have their roots in the famous bush ballad, “Waltzing Matilda”, and of course, Molong’s popular main street, Bank Street. “I think there can be a lot of throwbacks from last year,” said event organizer Jude Taylor. “And what I can say is that reservations on Bank Street are much more advanced now than they were this time last year, with two-thirds of the tables already full.” The under-18 first-placer will leave $100 richer, with the opening category – from 8 p.m. – seeing $150 for first, followed by another $150 for the People’s Choice Award; votes which are counted by the spectators of the night. With legendary bush band November Shorn set to be the event’s live entertainment in the interlude, Ms Taylor says the ‘distant’ strand is also not to be missed. “It’s fun for everyone, and we’re committed to moving forward with the event…unless something really catastrophic happens!” Ms. Taylor said. “Our audience comes from afar, our contestants also come from afar; there’s even a contestant from Canada this year.” The poetry brawl, sponsored by the Molong Advancement Group under the banner of the Banjo Patterson Festival, will take place at the Molong Freemasons Hotel from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., February 12. Members of the public are free and reservations are preferred through www.trybooking.com.

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