Youth Awards for Performing Arts and Literature

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.

Norman McVicker
Norman McVicker
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Norman McVicker’s Legacy

Norman McVicker
Norman McVicker

In his legacy, Norman McVicker allocated funds/awards to encourage young Australians to be active in producing Australian literature and becoming writers.

His vision is also to encourage young people to take up Australian literature and become a distinguished scholar in the field.

The prize will be awarded yearly and organised by the Mudgee Valley Writers. The estate of Norman McVicker will provide the
prize money.

To read more about the award, please click here.

Mudgee Valley Writers is 29 years old

Mudgee Valley Writers FAW is 29 years old

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.

Since 1986, we still WRITE ON!