The hills are alive with the sound of…poetry
  • Thursday 14 December 2017
Pente Poets Cr McKay

Pente Poets are celebrating the launch today (December 14) of their poetry trail throughout the Sunshine Coast Hinterland which provides a unique way to explore and visit the region.

Creative scultpures accompanied by original poetry from locally renowned artists are dotted along trails in Maleny, Montville and Kenilworth.

Visitors have the opportunity to download an app on their devices and listen to the poems read aloud by the poets at Maleny and Montville, although there’s something on offer at all three locations.

The poetry trail was completed in four stages over three years through a number of funding grants, including the 50th Anniversary of the Naming of the Sunshine Coast community grants program.

Council’s Community and Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the poetry trail was a superb attraction for our hinterland and congratulated Pente Poets on their achievement.

“The poetry trail is something everyone can enjoy and benefit from,” Cr McKay said.

“I’m sure children, adults and visitors to our region will be delighted with the interactive experience.

“At the Montville and Maleny locations, there’s an opportunity to scan a QR code and to listen to the poems read to your personal smart phone device by the poets.”

Pente Poets’ Judith Bandidt said the group was overwhelmed by the success of the project.

“Pente Poets was formed in 2006 through a common location, our beautiful hinterland and coast, and a shared love of poetry,” Mrs Bandidt said.

“On a driving tour of New Zealand with my husband, we found a path with a signpost and intrigued, we followed it which led us to large boulders featuring poetry and other short verse. 

“I thought it would be wonderful to have that on the Sunshine Coast, and as they say the rest is history.”

Also officially launched today was Pente Poets second publication ‘On the Poetry Trail: Hinterland’ which contains a collection of poems written by the group’s poets.

“This is wonderful example of a passionate community group giving back to our community,” Cr McKay said.

“The trail provides a multi-sensory experience which will be enjoyed by many for years to come and we are proud to partner with them in this milestone year of celebrations as part of the 50th Anniversary of the Naming of the Sunshine Coast.”

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Additional information

  • The Pente Poets are a group of six poets who have been writing together for the past ten years.
  • They were already published in their own right many years before.
  • It was originally Judy’s idea to create a Poetry Trail on the Sunshine Coast, and three of the group continued it to fruition - Judy Bandidt, Deanne Lister and Lyn Browne, all with long careers in writing.

Image caption from left to right - Andrew Powell MP, Councillor Jenny McKay and Pente Poet's Deanne Lister, Lyn Browne and Judith Bandidt.