Echuca bush poet Nerelie Teese has won the Mountain Cattlemen’s Association of Victoria’s Peter McCormack Bush Laureate Award for the second year running with her poem, Bringing Back The Cattle.LAURA GRIFFIN January 22, 2013 4:02am
Echuca bush poet Nerelie Teese has won the Mountain Cattlemen’s Association of Victoria’s Peter McCormack Bush Laureate Award for the second year running with her poem Bringing Back The Cattle.
The teacher-librarian and marriage celebrant said the award made her smile and she immediately shared the news with her family.
‘‘It is satisfying to know something you have written has been deemed worthy by judges who know what they are doing,’’ Mrs Teese said.
She said Australian bush poetry competitions helped promote the genre, which was distinguished not only by a connection to Australian landscape, culture and characters, but also a recognisable metre, rhythm and rhyme.
Mrs Teese was inspired to write the poem about cattle mustering and alpine grazing by her father’s experience of driving cattle.
Lines and images come to Mrs Teese when she is sitting by rivers or under trees, or when she pulls back the covers to get into bed.
She then spends time redrafting and rewriting the poems to get them as close to perfect as possible.
‘‘Some lines or even poems seem to have come from nowhere and write themselves.’’
Mrs Teese said she had two verses of a poem about Ned Kelly — who stole her great-great-grandfather’s horse — written since 2000. It was years before the third verse jumped into her head one evening.
She credits a primary school teacher’s reading of classic bush poetry, including by genre icons Banjo Paterson and Henry Lawson, for stirring her interest.
She loves performing as well as writing poetry.
‘‘I can see the audience, whether it be at a school, with a group of international visitors on the Ghan, at a retirement home or a Rotary club, enjoying the poetry,’’ Mrs Teese said.
‘‘As any performer, you connect with the energy in the room.
‘‘Australian bush poetry is a beautiful way to connect to all Australians. It doesn’t matter what age they are or whether they were born here or not.’’
Budding Kyabram actor Taylor Smith Morvell is one of 20 Victorian students chosen to perform his Year 12 theatre studies monologue in Melbourne next week.
Mulwala opened the encounter against Congupna in attacking form getting in first use of the ball out of the centre and driving it forward to the fast leading Troy Taylor.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
This year's Southern 80 ski race has reaped an estimated $36.2 million for the district economy.
Rochester and Elmore District Health Service has increased its radiology services from two to four days a week.
Tongala family hopes for transplant call for six-year-old.
Family of former Seymour man killed in a road crash in Los Angeles before Christmas set up a Melbourne University scholarship in his honour.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
Leitchville-Gunbower at home was too strong for Heathcote’s senior footballers in their first Good Friday clash.
Huge crowds turned out for Cobram Barooga's River Beaches Festival, which featured a special splash for 2000 rubber ducks.
South West Arts ArtOut will be held again in 2015 after last weekend's inaugural success.
Some of Australia’s greatest horses and just a few racetrack characters have appeared at the Benalla Racing Club’s grounds in its 150-year history.
Benalla's Kevin Harper will be honoured in the motorcade lap of honour at Melbourne Cricket Ground tomorrow for his service during the Korean War.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.