Success for talented local poet

Local poet Bob McMillan proudly holds his winning trophy and certificate.

Local poet Bob McMillan proudly holds his winning trophy and certificate.

Grenfell poet and Henry Lawson historian Bob McMillan recently entered his works in the Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Competition 2019 winning first place in the Novice Reading Class.

Mr McMillan entered his original poem titled 'My First Cap' which received excellent critique from judges Olivia Friedman of Orange Rotary Club and Kathy Snowball of Orange Regional Art Foundation.

The competition, run by the Rotary Club of Orange, was open to students, novices and experienced poets and received entries from across the nation in a number of categories. 

Mr McMillan said most folks here know he is a Henry Lawson fan having studied him for over 40 years and Henry will always be his hero, but Banjo wrote 'The Man from Snowy River' which is like an anthem to him so he loves Banjo too.

"I am as proud as punch to win this award, not only for myself, but for my daughters Carly and Fiona, the trophy is to "die for", I would also like to thank all involved for a wonderful night," said Mr McMillan.