Celebration of the centenary of a popular poet

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ONE of Australia’s most revered bush poets and writers will be the subject of an upcoming celebration at Eureka Hall.

Hosted by the Henry Lawson Memorial and Literary Society and titled The Big Commemorative Gig, the event will celebrate the writer and poet on the 100th anniversary of his death.

Joining the celebrations will be Rachel Buckley, Queen Victoria’s interpreter, who will take on the role of the long-reigning monarch whom Lawson criticized in an article in The Truth newspaper.

She said that while Queen Victoria herself would not have been amused, the day will showcase all things Lawson.

“There will be music and poetry. We have the fabulous Campaspe Players playing their instruments, singing and telling stories about Lawson,” she said.

“There will be special commemorative coins, a book launch. I think it’s a wonderful thing they are doing by organizing this event and keeping our poets alive.

The event will also provide the launch of Beyond Lawson, an anthology of collected works by poets influenced by Lawson, some of whom will read selected poems.

Eureka Hall on Stawell Street South was chosen as the location in reference to Lawson’s visit to the Eureka Stockade.

Buckley said the venue “holds a special place in his heart” and was a solid choice to host the event.

“It resonated with him, so it’s a good thing to say 100 years later that we’re here too,” he said.

“The company could have organized this in Melbourne, so it’s wonderful that it’s happening here.

“A lot of people will come from all over and stay in the area, so there’s that added benefit of bringing their business with them.”

The big memorial concert is scheduled for Saturday, September 3, tickets are $20 while kids are free.

To book, go to bit.ly/3Ax6IpD.

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