Twas Mulga Bill, from Eaglehawk, that caught the cycling craze;
He turned away the good old horse that served him many days;
He dressed himself in cycling clothes, resplendent to be seen;
He hurried off to town and bought a shining new machine;
And as he wheeled it through the door, with air of lordly pride,
The grinning shop assistant said, "Excuse me, can you ride?"

Banjo Patterson(1864-1941), Australian poet

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Multipoetry Krakow - English Anna Fern

Krakow Poetry Projections – Melbourne’s name in lights

This exciting new initiative is the vision of our sister UNESCO City of Literature, Krakow, where short poems are flashed up on the walls of selected buildings in their famous arts precinct. For the first time, in...


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Latest translation from Marcel Weyland

Marcel Weyland is an internationally noted translator of Polish poetry.  He has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia, as well as several  high distinctions from the Polish Government. Weyland translated...


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Poetry Under the Stars in Katoomba, NSW

Katoomba Library welcome you to their event Poetry Under the Stars, come along and hear poetry read aloud under the starry canopy of the Blue Mountains’ skies. This annual event, which is now in its third year, is a...


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Banjo Festival 2014

Celebrate Banjo Paterson in Orange 2015

The Banjo Paterson Festival, in its second year is evolving with the new 2015 Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival.   The 2015 Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival will commence on Thursday 12 February with...