The Written Word and Sculpture Combine in the Hinterland
  • Last updated:
  • 27 Aug 2018

The Sunshine Coast Poetry Trail was launched in December 2017 with seven works across three sites in Maleny, Montville and Kenilworth. The project was initiated and developed by poets Judy Bandidt, Deanne Lister and Lyn Browne, who share a common vision of bringing poetry to people by making it relevant and accessible. The three poets are all members of Pente Poets, a small group of published Sunshine Coast poets.

The Hinterland Poetry Trail features artworks by three Sunshine Coast artists Wayne Smith, Wayne Markwort and Barry Smith, each with their own unique visual language interpreting the poetry of the talented poetry trail poets Judith, Dee and Lyn. 

The theme of the trail is POETRY, PEOPLE AND PLACE, with the poetry and sculpture designs all inspired by the history and environment of the sites at Little Yabba Creek Picnic area, Kenilworth, Russell Family Park, Montville and the Maleny Heritage Trail on the Precinct near Pattermore House.

Following a small development grant from RADF in 2015, this dynamic and engaging project continues to gain momentum as the passion for poetry and art trickles across the region. The project has received strong community support and has been fully funded in 2016 and 2017 through major cultural grants from Arts Queensland and Sunshine Coast Council, sponsorship, donations and crowd-funding.

These new works emerging from the landscape bring contemplation, discovery and inspiration to visitors of the Sunshine Coast.