Nowra in the Shoalhaven area was our destination for this year's Australia Day. I travelled with friend Pat Granville-Smith through idyllic landscape despite the ravages of fire in nearby bushland. On the evening of the 24th, twenty five people attended a lively workshop in Nowra Library where I encouraged poetry writing as a pre-cursor to the events of Australia Day. I find it's always heartening to find a dedicated group of writers in country areas from big towns to tiny hamlets and always make this part of my Australia Day celebration. http://www.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/MyCommunity/Library/Yourlocallibrary/NowraLibrary.aspx
The Australia Day gig was in the very picturesque Nowra Showground which had an amazing local fair despite overcast skies. In the air-conditioned hall under the historic grand stand, after listening to the mayor Jo Gash's address we were part of the very moving citizenship ceremony as well as the community awards before I gave my Australia Day address to over 200 people. Then it was outside to the fun of the fair again and a visit to the nearby Nowra Museum ended a satisfying day.