It has been more than two years since we mentioned the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Poetry Trail in Queensland, Australia. Happily, the Pente Poets have been hard at work in the meantime and the trail “was launched in fine style in December 2017,” according to poet Judith Bandidt. The trail winds through “hinterland, urban centres and coastline,” with poems carved in sandstone, wood, and metal marking the route.

Congratulations to the Pente Poets for completing this ambitious project.

Read more about the trail, the poets, the poems (including audio), and the process, on the Pente Poets website and on Facebook.

. . . . .
image: Maleny Trail poem by Lyn Browne, excerpted from “Black cockatoos”

poetry walk Down Under

January 4, 2016

Pente poets - Maroochy Bushland

The Pente Poets, a group of poets and poetry lovers on eastern Australia’s beautiful Sunshine Coast, have been sharing and publishing poetry for ten years. Over the course of the last year, they have examined sites all along the Sunshine Coast with the intention of creating a Poetry Trail. At the same time, they were “seeking inspiration for their writing in parks, gardens, walking trails and other public spaces in a number of locations on the Sunshine Coast encompassing Blackall Range, the hinterland and the coastline from Coolum to Caloundra.” They compiled more than 200 of their poems into a book, Hinterland to Headland: A Poetry Trail for the Sunshine Coast.

While a permanent poetry trail is still in the works, this month Pente Poets will present a weekend “ephemeral poetry trail,” Hinterland to Headland, that will offer themed poetry readings in four iconic environment and heritage venues. The project is funded through the Sunshine Coast Council Regional Arts Development Fund and supported by The Sunshine Coast Environment Council in partnership with SCCA Creative Alliance.

If you happen to find yourself on the Sunshine Coast on January 22-24, 2016, join them! In any case, you can find out more about the poetry trail, including many photos of the region, on the Pente Poets website.
. . . . .
photo: Upland Trail, Maroochy Bushland and Botanic Gardens, Tanawha