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Much More Than Words Anthology Launch

What a successful exhibition was had over the weekend. We were well attended by local entrants and their families along with our local poet laureates.

The pictures tell the story. We all enjoyed hearing Bob Campbell read Deborah Cooke’s winning entry, Rekindling, and Monica reading her entry, Babe of the Vineyards.

Well done to the Mudgee Valley Writers team for their hard work and the Mudgee Readers Festival team for the impeccable organisation and presentations on the day.

Now we can take a few breaths until our next competition and book launch.

Our entries.
Terry Yates
Bob Campbell
Jorrie Ryan

Ross Kurtz
Sam Paine
Kevin Pye receiving a Viewers Award
Monica receiving a Viewers Award

Come to our Exhibition

The mini–Mudgee Readers Festival will be held over the weekend beginning on the 26th of August. We’ll be exhibiting all the entries of our very successful Much More Than Words competition at the Town Hall Library from 2 pm along with a free afternoon tea.

The Much More Than Words Exhibition held at the Town Hall Theatre at 2 pm on 27th August.

At 3 pm our very own Bob Campbell will be leading a group of poets for an hour of poetry.

All are invited to attend this free event and we’d love to see all entrants—whose works will be displayed. The Much More Than Words anthology has been received by prize winners and highly commended entrants. Copies will be available at the exhibition.

Come and visit our beautiful regional town and sample the locally grown wine and food and enjoy our renowned hospitality.

And the winner is…

The Much More Than Words competition has wrapped up for this year and we couldn’t have done it without our sponsors, Mid-Western Regional Council and Moolarben Coal. Without sponsorship, our competition and upcoming exhibition of entries would not be possible.

Congratulations to all those who entered. Every entry was of high quality with entrants ranging in age from ten years to grandparents, covering a wide range of topics. The combination of eye-catching images and wonderful prose and poetry made the judges’ job very difficult. But a decision had to be made. The first prize went to Deborah Cooke for ‘Rekindling’ (featured image). Below are all the finalists and the entries to be published in the Much More Than Words anthology.

Our exhibition for all entries and the launch of the anthology will be held in conjunction with the Mudgee Readers Festival on Saturday 27th August. Further details of the venue and time will be available closer to the date. We welcome everyone to come along to the exhibition and join in on the fun of the Launch. Our own poet and musician, Bob Campbell will be entertaining all in attendance.

Again, congratulations to all our entrants and those who made our finalists list.

First PlaceRekindlingDeborah CookeMt Marsden
Second PlaceThe ButterflyNoel PickettBranxton
Third PlaceThe GardenerMaria RadanovKyabram
Cover DesignOn Nature’s TermsNarelle NoppertPicton



(In no particular order)
Let the Dragons PlayPeter O’ShaughnessyEaton
The ObserverAmy MillerMarcus Beach
The Siren Song of HomeLara FlanaganTenterfield
I Listened to Her SilenceKevin PyeMudgee
AlleywaySamuel D MaysonMudgee
MyselfManuga BandaraGirraween
Listen to the Rising SunJim KentPort Fairy
What She Can BeWendell WattGreenwich
Single Apple on a TreeElizabeth BlackmoreBroken Hill
Moon in the MorningAnne Elizabeth AndrewsWaukivory
Ode to LunaJoanna FaircloughBlackburn
Chasing RainbowsSheryl MolonySalter Point
Remember…Verena BacchiniBalgowlah
A Life Jude SattlerBeachmere
Babe of the VineyardsMonica LeeMudgee
Ghost GumAgi DobsonKorumburra
CoffeeNatalie CooperBurwood

A picture is worth a thousand words

The first impression of this picture is ‘what well-behaved dogs.’ And for the split-second this picture was taken, indeed they were. However, immediately after they both liberated some baubles from the Christmas tree and proceeded to chase them around the house.

Flash fiction style

Tell us your picture story—flash fiction style—in 250 words. What was contrary to the image, or what does your picture emphatically say? You only have 11 days to submit your entry. Click on the competition link to download the entry form and get writing.


Bally and Maddie–at a quiet moment

A big shout out to our local council

When my husband and I moved to the Mudgee region we did it for a tree change in preparation for our retirements. We are 30 years away from being locals, but our decision was based on well-researched factors. We had a choice of areas to move to.

We are 30 years away from being locals

My husband’s only criterion was good wine. However, I wanted somewhere that promoted the arts. Mudgee boasts a booming arts culture, and the Mid Western Regional Council are 100% behind this. And to prove my beliefs Mid Western Regional Council has again supported the Mudgee Valley Writers in promoting beginning and emerging writers with sponsorship for our competition and exhibition.

A big thank you to our local council—who would want to live anywhere else?


The clock tower (from Mid-Western Regional Council website)