Whimsy and Words. A delightful afternoon of Poetry and verse by Melinda Smith, Harry Laing and Nicol

Saturday 23rd March, 2pm to 4pm, $15 per person, including light refreshments (tickets at door)

Millpond Farm welcomes Braidwood area locals Harry Laing and Nicola Bowery, and the ACT's Melinda Smith, for a varied afternoon of poetry and light refreshments in the historic Mill. $15 pp (purchase tickets at the door), drinks and nibbles included. Please RSVP to this event so we know how many of you to expect ! (email antony.davies@millpond.com.au) More about the poets below: Harry Laing believes poetry can entertain, move and stir all at the same time. Like juggling really. The natural world, politics, ancestors… all these are themes he pursues with relish. Harry has two previous books of poetry published and a third ready to go. He has written and performed solo satirical/ comic shows and has produced a couple of poetry books for kids. And Harry always guarantees a laugh when he performs his poetry! Meet Nicola Bowery: whether evoking everyday country life, musing on ‘a geography of marriage’, writing as a mermaid, or remembering galloping on a horse in childhood, Nicola aims in her poetry both to probe below the surface and make words sound enticing. Her fourth collection of poems ‘child in the wings’ is about to be published. ACT poet Melinda Smith is the author of six books of poetry, most recently ‘Goodbye, Cruel’. She won the 2014 Prime Minister's Literary Award for "Drag down to unlock or place an emergency call". Her work has been widely anthologised and translated into multiple languages, and she is a former poetry editor of The Canberra Times. About Millpond Farm: Located 10 km south-west of Braidwood along Majors Creek Road, the farmhouse and Mill were built by entrepreneur Charles Dransfield who made his fortune growing wheat and selling gold leases in the 1850s. Now painstakingly restored as a musuem, events space and working alpca farm by Antony Davies and Andrew Gow. Getting here: Allow 10 minutes from Braidwood. Arriving in Braidwood from Canberra, continue down the main street to the petrol station. At the petrol station continue straight ahead (signposted Araluen/Cooma/Majors Creek). Continue out on the Araluen Road, going past the Cooma Road turnoff, and take the next right onto Majors Creek Road. At 6.6km, turn right into Mill Pond Farm after crossing the Jembaicumbene Bridge over the Jembaicumbene Creek, and follow the driveway to the Mill. Parking is signposted and behind the barns.

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