Banjo Paterson Writing Awards

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Winners of the 2009 Childrens' Banjo Paterson Writing Awards at the Banjo Paterson Sculpture

Banjo Paterson was born on February 17, 1864 at Narrambla, near Orange in Central West NSW and from 1991, each year, the city has held the Banjo Paterson Writing Awards to honour this great Australian writer (1864 – 1941). He is most famous for penning the words to Waltzing Matilda and The Man From Snowy River. The awards are announced launched each year on the anniversary of Banjo's birth (17 February) and close in April with winners announced in August at the annual Orange Readers and Writers Festival. Introduced by the Banjo Paterson Committee and Orange City Council, the awards are now supported by Central West Libraries.

The overall winner in the first year was Mrs Heather Bird of Roseville, New South Wales, who travelled to Orange for the Awards presentation. Mrs Bird’s story, entitled ‘A Sash with Tassels’, was about a city woman who travelled to the country to receive second prize in a writing competition – so she would have been very pleased to have actually gone home with first prize.

The Awards attract interest from all over Australia and overseas and are of a consistently high standard. They are held in conjunction with the ABC Central West Banjo Paterson Children’s Writing Awards. From 2008 the Yvonne Zola Encouragement Award was presented to an entrant in the Children's Awards in memory of the late Yvonne Zola, a local teacher and champion of childrens' writing.




COMIC POETRY SECTION (1997 and 2002)

  • 1997 Tug Dumbly “Barbeque Bill and the Roadkill Café”
  • 1998 John Bird “The Ant Bed Court”
  • 1999 Peter Hanbury “The Sitting Poets Society”
  • 2000 Peter Hanbury “The Organ Replacement”
  • 2001 Tug Dumbly “Skasey of the Overdraft”
  • 2002 No prize awarded



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