2012/13 Summer Reading Club Awards with performance poet Gregory Worth

The 2012/13 Summer Reading Club at the Grenfell Library concluded on Monday, May 6, with the Awards Afternoon Tea.

Each year members are challenged to read ten books, or as many as they can, between mid-December and the end of January.

Most libraries offer a Summer Reading Club for junior members but Grenfell is a groundbreaker in having an all-age Club.

This year thirty-six people met the challenge and a further twelve participated even though they couldn’t quite get through ten books and these were invited to attend the afternoon tea along with guests – other family members or friends.

Each year there is an official guest entertainer and this year we were very pleased to welcome back performance poet Gregory North. Gregory’s performance pedigree includes several Bush Poet of Australia Awards and Poetry Slam state final appearances and so quality entertainment was guaranteed.

Over fifty people enjoyed Greg’s new poems “Frackin’ Fricker” about coal seam gas mining and his commissioned Blue Mountains Crossing Bicentenary poem.

There was also a performance of a lesser-known Henry Lawson poem but the highlights were perhaps “The Football Fracas” which involved five children from the audience in a fanciful tale of spectator carnage and his multi-cultural version of “The Man from Snowy River” based on an amazing sequence of hat and accent changes.

Gregory also presented Award and Participation Certificates to Reading Club members and then all enjoyed a wonderful afternoon tea courtesy of those caterers extraordinaire, the Friends of Grenfell Library.

Gregory North with those receiving certificates for meeting the Summer Reading Club challenge. They were (l/r back) Vera Penhey, Isabelle Hunter, Sarah Knight, Margret Roper, Darryl Knapp, Audrey Hampton, Jenn Graham, Marie Knight, Marion Amery, Andrew Knight, Charlotte Amery, Chris Heatley, Anne Doyle and Kate Amery. In the middle row were (l/r) Tara Schaefer, Phoebe Clifton, Jamie Stephens, Brendan Knight, Oscar Schaefer, Brett Knight and in the front row (l/r) were Amelia Ingrey, William Wilson, Hugh Wilson, Holly Sanderson, Ailish Moore and Kate Clifton.

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