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.’’
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Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
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A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
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