Poetry to boost Nanango culture

Alex King is one of the presenters at the first BARDfest poetry night at Nanango Theatre Company. PICTURE: Contributed

A new stanza is coming to Nanango Theatre Company.

The group will be hosting regular poetry nights, with the first session held on Saturday, 9 March at 7pm.

Nanango Theatre’s Jon Fearnley explained they were looking forward to introducing four different presenters at the poetry night.

“It’ll be a whole lot of poetry… there’s an immense depth of talent in writing and performance,” he said.

“It’s so diverse and so it’s going to be really interesting.”

First up will be Ian Fraser who is a published poet and will delve into poetry and what people like about it.

Emerging artist Wendy Matthews, who has only begun writing poems in recent years has a particular interest in bush poetry. She will be sharing some of her own works.

Nanango State High School Year 12 student Alex King will feature on the night as young talent with her preferred genre ‘slam poetry’.

She has been actively writing poetry for the past five years and produces new works every few weeks depending on her latest inspiration, recording her poems on YouTube on her channel “the middle child alex king”.

Alex was inspired to write poetry by her English teacher at her last school Ms Lulley.

“Alex hopes to develop her skills and enter poetry competitions, while searching for a traineeship in Early Childhood Education. I found her a bright positive young girl and I look forward to her presentation,” Mr Fearnley said.

Bush poet Lloyd McPherson is the fourth and final poet.

“He’s related some stuff he’s written to life… poetry got him out of depression,” Mr Fearnley said.

The poetry nights will be held at the Theatre Company’s clubhouse on the corner of Elk Street and George Street in Nanango.

“We’re lucky to have it in our ‘opera house’ -it’s a lovely amphitheater, people connect with the presenters,” he said.

“It’s a lovely new way …and potential to give a voice to local poetry.”

Nanango Theatre Company has dubbed the poetry nights as BARDfest, with tickets available via TryBooking with the code CPPMS. For more information contact the Theatre Company on nanangotheatrecompany@gmail.com or 0408 716 121.