A POD of poets, a packet of poems and a pick of the bunch: Wollongong City Council is holding a poetry competition in conjunction with the Viva la Gong Festival.
Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the theme of this year’s festival was Spirit and Place and interested poets were invited to submit original works that reflected and connected with the theme.
“Poets provide a wonderful, creative and intuitive response to our society and events and we want to see poems that reflect this response on living in Wollongong, on our life and society now,” he said.
“These poems are an important part of defining and reflecting on our lives and our community. And Viva la Gong is a wonderful venue to have your work read to the audience.”
The poetry competition is open to all and is divided into the over-16s and under-16s with prizes of $200 and $100 respectively.
The winners will be asked to read their poems at the Viva la Gong festival on Saturday, November 12, at MacCabe Park.
Cr Bradbery will also read the winning poem during the Australia Day celebrations next year.
Entries close on Thursday, November 3. For more details, visit www.vivalagongfestival.org or call Council’s Customer Service Centre on 4227 7111.