One year on for Poetry Hall of Fame

06th Apr 2021

The Australian Poetry Hall of Fame in Guyra has just celebrated its first anniversary. It was March 24th, 2020 that James Warren arrived in Guyra with a dream to establish the Australian Poetry Hall of Fame in the former Arcadia Theatre. Twelve months on he reflects on how his dream is progressing.
Despite the challenges such as the COVID lockdown beginning on the first day of opening, I am still here. The highlights of the year have been the opening of the Saturday morning Guyra Farmer’s and Craft Market from 8:30 to 1pm every Saturday. The market provides an outlet for local producers and creators to sell and market their goods.  The Easter Saturday on April 3rd, was an extra big market with many more stall holders. 
The Guyra Film Society began and shows regular monthly films  with 20 plus members and anyone is welcome to come to their first screening for a donation, new members are always welcome.
Every Wednesday evening there are open mic poetry nights from 6:30pm and recently Steve Wordsmith was inducted as the 2021 Living Legend of Australian Poetry and local ambassador Gladys Wilson was awarded an up and coming post award for the preservation of Australian history in poetry.
There are Healthy Him men’s circuit training every Monday night from 6pm as well as Tibetan Yoga and Breathing classes incorporating Tsalung and the 5 Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation on Sunday 9:30am and Tuesday 9:30pm and 6pm. 
There is also the Red Door Gallery in the side room which is a space for local artists who want to hold an exhibition or sell their art on commission. The Hall of Poets is coming along and currently features the poetry of 25+ Famous Australian Poets.
Come and check out the extensive collection of books and poetry library and our Mont Marte art supplies and Ironlak Street Art Paint cans.  Plus don’t forget to see the impressive mural by Tony Timor. 
The year ahead is looking exciting with an ARIA award winning and CMAA winning female country music singer Fanny Lumsden tentatively booked for May. and Glenn Skulthorp being negotiated for October.
Our next big event is Shootin’ Sadie booked for April 22nd. Shootin Sadie is written and performed by Natasha Soonchild with special guest John Kruslja as the pre- show performance. Tickets are available online from eventbrite or directly from the Australian Poetry Hall of Fame.
The space is also available for bookings and events with discounts for community groups holding fundraisers. 
James Warren

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