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Narrandera's John O'Brien Festival

Poet John O’Brien is the namesake of Narrandera’s flagship festival.  Narrandera was home to famed priest Father Patrick Hartigan (1878-1952) who published his poetry under the nom de plume “John O’Brien”.
Narrandera’s John O’Brien Festival has become an annual pilgrimage for many who appreciate the great humanity and humour of “John O’Brien’s” poetry.  The Festival showcases the works of John O’Brien himself along with other bush poets from across Australia, and sees wonderful performances each year of both original works and traditional classics.
The John O’Brien Festival seeks to inspire a new generation of bush poets by hosting a number of poetry writing and recital competitions each year, along with an appropriately themed short story writing competition. The Jim Angel Memorial Award is presented annually for the best performance of an original poem.
Competitions include:

John O’Brien Poetry Competition

Bush Poetry Competition (and Jim Angel Award)

Open Writing Competition