With St Mary’s Church Mudgee we hosted a night of poems, stories and songs to celebrate Henry Lawson’s 150th Birthday. Henry went to school for a time at the school attached to St Mary’s. Our local readers and musicians were joined by professional actors to showcase the multi faceted works of Henry Lawson. Three hours of listening and participation kept the audience enthralled and wishing for more when the night came to a close.
An evening of stories and poetry readings, the works of Henry Lawson, will be held on Wednesday evening the 14th June from 7pm in the Monsignor Flanagan Centre of St Mary of the Presentation Church Mudgee.
The event is being held to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Henry’s birth. Readers include Kevin Pye, Bruce Roberts, Bruce McGregor, Sam Paine, Ross Kurtz, Fr Tony Hennessey and open mike time for anyone else who would like to join in.
Mudgee Valley Writers and St Mary’s Parish are sponsoring the event. Tea, coffee and soft drinks will be supplied. BYO nibbles.
Young people are encouraged to participate in a number of awards being run by both the Mudgee Performing Arts Society and Mudgee Valley Writers in the next six to eight months.
The prizes for the awards in each category are provided by the estate of Norman McVicker OAM. The award is given in memory of Norman’s passions in theatre and writing. He spent his life involved in writing and producing theatrical plays and writing articles about Australian and local Mudgee history. Now he has left ongoing legacies in his Will to be used to encourage young people to write, and to become involved in the performing arts.
Mudgee Valley Writers will host a literary competition of Short Stories and Poetry by young people 22 years of age and under. The initial competition will have a closing date of 29th February 2016. Prizes for each section will be $800 for First Place, $200 for Second and $100 for Third. Highly Commended and Commended Certificates will also be awarded. If the initial competition is successful it will become an annual event.
Entry forms and all details are on this website.
Mudgee Performing Arts Society will use Norman’s legacy to offer a scholarship to the value of $1500 to attend a NIDA course, or equivalent. This would be awarded to an interested young person 16 – 25 years of age, not necessarily to a student.
A further $500 will be awarded as prize money for participants in the Short Shorts Play Festival at Mudgee Town Hall Theatre on 28th and 29th August. The Cudgegong Youth Theatre is already working towards this production and will feature short plays written, directed and performed by local youth.
Anyone interested in this should join Sam Paine at The Stables in Mudgee on Monday afternoons, from the end of school till 5pm. There is no charge to participate. Sam will have application forms available.
To celebrate our birthday we met at the site of Henry Lawson’s childhood home for our meeting, and then moved to Eurunderee School. The school and surrounding areas feature in many of Henry’s works. The President of the Site Trust gave us an informative talk on the history of the school and on Henry and Louisa Lawson. He then left us to enjoy our poetry readings, stories, and a song from Bob. We read many of Henry’s works and some of our own. Nostalgia was helped by damper and syrup, pikelets with rosella jam, scones and sweets.
Photo left to right – Pamela Meredith, Joy Hibberd, Ann Milligan, Miriam Bates, Kevin Pye, Jill Baggett, Joan Taylor, Bob Campbell.