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Heathcote poet up for national award

Heathcote resident Maggie Murphy is a finalist in the 2014 Australian Bush Laureate Awards.

BARBARA SUNGAILA December 19, 2013 4:34am

Maggie Murphy is a 2014 Australian Bush Laureate finalist.

Heathcote resident Maggie Murphy is a finalist in the 2014 Australian Bush Laureate Awards to be staged in Tamworth in January.

Listen! her recording of classic Australian verse, is one of five nominees for album of the year.

She said she was happy to be shortlisted.

‘‘Personally it is a great honour and I am bursting with excitement,’’ she said.

‘‘I am very proud of the recording and the art work on the album and have had some lovely positive feedback about the poetry.

‘‘There are five finalists and I think I’d have a heart attack if I was selected the winner.

‘‘Just to be nominated is an enormous compliment and I am just stoked.’’

The awards, one of Australia’s peak bush poetry events, began in 1995 and have become a headline event at the Tamworth festival.

More information about Listen! is at

Listen! is available from Heathcote Newsagency and Heathcote Visitor Information Centre.

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