One of Australia's most famous poets is Henry Lawson, a lover of his native land and its people, who captured the spirit of Australian life in his poetry and prose. Born on the gold fields of Grenfell in 1867, Lawson's spirit lives on in the community, with monuments and memorials scattered throughout town.
Perhaps the largest homage to the writer is the Henry Lawson Festival, which has been held every year since 1958 and will return this summer from June 7-11. Travelers can book a car rental in Australia
and venture to this tight-knit community to honor the inspiring words of the influential poet.
Since the 1950s, the festival has grown into a celebration of aspiring Australian artists, whether they are short story writers, painters, photographers, performers or poets. Because of Lawson's love and devotion for the native culture, a bush poetry event takes place near the end of the festival weekend, inviting attendees to gather around a campfire and share lyrical verses while sipping billy tea.
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at the start of the weekend, as on Saturday the streets of Grenfell will be filled with street stalls, sculptures, statues and parade floats. Performers including jugglers, stilt walkers, face painters and magicians will stroll up and down the concrete roads, looking to bring smiles to families who attend the jubilant affair.