Edwards Crossing Writers Group, Friendly Street Poets launch books in Murray Bridge

The Edwards Crossing Writers Group and Friendly Street Poets pooled their talent on Thursday for the launch of two anthologies of poetry.

Poets took turns on a microphone at Murray Bridge’s Seventh-Day Adventist Church hall, reading works of their own composition for consideration in the Adelaide poetry society’s 42nd anthology.

The 41stWorlds Within Words, received its official country launch on the day.

Of 750 poems submitted for publication, 117 made the cut, but that number included works by seven members of the Edwards Crossing writers.

The local group launched their own book, A Weaving of Words, at the same event.

After 19 years together, tutor Di Walton said, the writers had become as close as family.

“I’m really so proud of all of you, because for a lot of you it’s very personal writing, and to be brave enough to share that is just amazing,” she said.

Friendly Street Poets convenor Nigel Ford said he had enjoyed the poems read on Thursday, many of which had featured imagery of growing up on the land.

He singled out a stanza from Neil Jaunay’s poem Sounds from My Childhood for special praise: “I cherry pick from my childhood memories and live a comfortable, carefree life in my elder years”.