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September 1st 2010
Bush poet champ first up for Bay Days Festival

Bush poet Kathie Priestley Magnetic Island's Bay Days month long festival of arts and fun on Magnetic Island starts this Friday September 3 at Picnic Bay with bush poetry champ Kathie Priestly joining the line-up at the Picnic Bay R n R Cafe.

Queensland Bush Poetry Champion, 61 year old, Kathie Priestley from Douglas, will be joined by Del Luke (Qld Novice Award 2009) and Maggie's own Dot Church who took out this year's State Novice Award.

Kathie Priestley told Magnetic Times she would be mixing some stand-up comedy and one liners with her poems which would include a couple of serious pieces but the emphasis, given the audience, would be on lighter humorous material.

According to Kathy Priestley, "Australian bush poetry must be about the Australian way of life and has to have a consistent rhyme and metre."

"In the show I will be including a dress-up where I play the role of a six year old girl who is sent to a horrible girl's school run by nuns," said Kathie who will also be calling on members of the audience to costume up for a few roles themselves in a colourful version of "The Bush Christening.

Kathie will also be joined by Magnetic's own Dot Church who won this year's State Novice Award at the Ravenswood last month and the 2008 Queensland Novice Award winner Del Luke as well as a "drover poet" Janeen Mapson.

The R n R Cafe event will be held outside (weather permitting) and starts at 7.30pm.

From the City catch the 6pm - ferry, then the bus to Picnic

For those who are inspired by Kathie, Dot, Del and Janeen, there will be a follow-up poetry night where the all types of poetry is encouraged and it will be back at Picnic Bay on Friday 10th September.

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Bush poet champ first up for Bay Days Festival
Ray Gartrell
September 1st 2010
Should be a great evening of Bush Poetry at Picnic Bay R n R.
I have seen Kathie perform at the BlueCare Open day, Seniors events and Woodstock. If I did not have another commitment I would be over for some more. Kind Regards Ray Gartrell

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