Poetry was combined with a warm summer’s evening at an event at Sturt Cottage.
Little Mountain Readings, an annual poetry night, saw the gathering of writers and literary enthusiasts to enjoy the best of the Highlands verse with a glass of wine, canapes and live music.
The evening was hosted by Rhiannon Hall, and invited students to read their poetry from the Place anthology, which was part of her Writers in Residence program run from Moss Vale High School.
Ben Brittle read his poem Scattered, while Angus Hicban-Lee shared his untitled verse. Acacia Ashmore performed original songs to welcome guests and during the interlude.
Angus and Acacia both also participated in the open mic – where Angus received a special mention from Australian poet and judge for the evening Phillip Hall, and Acacia won the ‘Lead Logie’ pencil.
Phillip Hall also shared poems from his soon-to-be published Fume. He described the publication as his autobiography covering the years 2011-2015.
“During these years, like a naïve and light-blinded child, I was overwhelmed by my life long dream: to live and work in a remote Indigenous community,” he said.
“My lil-fume is celebratory and affirmative, but also a damaged cry amidst colonialism’s crooked barbs."
Aunty Barbara Nicholson shared poems from Volume 4 of Dreaming Inside, a project that began in 2012 with the South Coast Writers Centre. The works are a product of workshops with Indigenous inmates at the Junee Correctional Centre.
The Little Mountain Readings evening took place on December 3, and was sponsored by South Coast Writers Centre, Trade and Investment Arts NSW and Sturt Gallery.