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.’’
Police are treating a fire that damaged an abandoned house near Tatura on Thursday night as suspicious.
The Tungamah Football Netball Club has completed a fairytale season to clinch the Picola and District Football Netball League South East Premiership with an emphatic 106 point win over the Katamatite Tigers at Tungamah.
Billed as ‘Fabulous Flowers and Fine Food’, Tatura’s Anglican Church Parish had a successful fundraiser on Thursday, September 4.
Moama Bowling Club's Michael Walker has been chosen for the 2014 Australian Premier League team.
David and Katrina Christie’s Nanneella dairy farm is now home to one of the biggest sheds in the district, a 160m by 37m monster.
Don’t write Ky off yet, says coach ahead of preliminary final
Seymour event packs out St Mary's College on Saturday night.
Star Tocumwal defender took her club's A grade best and fairest award last weekend, adding to her 2014 PDNL medal.
Mia Mia Cricket Club is about to field its first cricket team since 2001
Cobram Mens Shed chips away at the issue of mental health but calls for more space.
Breakout seasons from Deni Rovers Jamie Thorpe and Nick Hay have seen the pair rewarded with respective best and fairest titles.
Now the Murray-Darling Basin Plan is enshrined in law, many opponents of the controversial plan to return irrigation water to the environment appear to have lost interest.
More than 320 000 foxes and 1500 wild dogs had been eradicated under the bounty scheme in the past three years.
- Motorcycle ride raises money for cancer charity
- Leukaemia patients come together to support Light the Night Benalla
- Permit sought for a clay target shooting range at a disused quarry at Baddaginnie
- Acclaimed pastry chef returns to Benalla
- Benalla resident on journey to help others with mental illness
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.