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Central West Library | Banjo Paterson Writing Awards

Enter the Banjo Paterson Writing Awards to be in the running for some great cash prizes.  The are four categories – Short Story with a $1,000 first prize, Open Poetry with a $1,000 first prize, Bush Poetry  with a $500 first prize and the ABC Central West Radio Children’s Writing Awards, with a first prize of $200.

Andrew Barton Paterson (1864 – 1941) poet, solicitor, journalist, war correspondent and soldier as well as a ballad writer, horseman and bushman was born on 17 February 1864 at Narrambla near Orange, New South Wales. His parents lived at Buckinbah Station at Yeoval and when his uncle died at Illalong, near Yass, the family then relocated there to run the farm.

He trained as a solicitor but also contributed some verse to the Sydney Bulletin under the pseudonym of “The Banjo”, taken from the name of a horse. The works for which Paterson became famous were mostly written before the First World War, and are collected in three books of poems, The Man from Snowy River and Other Verses (1895), Rio Grande’s Last Race and Other Verses (1902), and Saltbush Bill, J.P. and Other Verses (1917). His prose works include An Outback Marriage (1906), and Three Elephant Power and Other Stories (1917). Paterson’s most famous work is Waltzing Matilda, written in 1895, and now an unofficial anthem of Australia. He died in Sydney in 1941.

View the entry form on the website.