Budding poets share favourite verses and speech, drama program begins

WARMING THEIR THROATS: Gabriel Siemer, Indy Jackson and Lillith Hanson before their poetry sections. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE
WARMING THEIR THROATS: Gabriel Siemer, Indy Jackson and Lillith Hanson before their poetry sections. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

The memories and recital skills of some of the region’s young poets were tested on Tuesday.

The Speech and Drama Program of the Dubbo Eisteddfod kicked off with the Verse Speaking Choirs, followed by the Memorised Poem Solos.

Lillith Hanson said she had no nerves before she went on stage.

Some of her family had driven from Sydney to watch her perform part of The Man From Snowy River.

Lillith said it was easy to remember the poem, she simply did it “with her brain”, but admitted she had had some help remembering the words.

She had known part of the poem since she was four-years-old, Lillith said.

Gabriel Siemer from Walgett said he was very excited for his poem. 

“I’m not nervous because I’m just going to be up on the stage for 80 seconds,” he said.

READY TO PERFORM: Marlie Jensen with Ruby and Matilda Mudford before saying their poems at the Eisteddfod. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

READY TO PERFORM: Marlie Jensen with Ruby and Matilda Mudford before saying their poems at the Eisteddfod. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

The best part was “the end bit”, he said.

Girilambone poet Indy Jackson said she was also excited for her turn to perform. Indy couldn’t wait to recite her poem.

The Memorised Poems continue at the eisteddfod on Wednesday.