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Inspired by our unique native flora and fauna, prize-winning poet John Bennett will be reading his own and the works of some of Australia’s best-known literary figures at an evening of words on September 14 at the Harry Bailey Memorial Library.

The event will complement the State Library of NSW’s ‘Australian Inspiration’ exhibition – on show at the library from September 10-22 - which explores how the fascinating wildlife and plants of Australia became the fledgling nation’s first icons and ‘celebrities’.

Valla local John Bennett has won a number of major Australian literary prizes, such as the Newcastle Prize and the David Tribe Award. He has been Sydney Harbour Artist of the Year, President of the Poets Union and also Director of the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival.

He is widely published both here and overseas and a documentary on his work was broadcast by ABC Radio National’s Earshot in February this year. He moved to the Mid North Coast from Sydney’s Inner West six years ago so that he could live beside a forest by the sea and write more nature poetry.

At the event, John will read from his own poetry collection and also works by such literati as Les Murray and Judith Wright.

The event will be held at the Harry Bailey Memorial Library on Wednesday, September 14, from 5.30pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Entry is free, but bookings are essential. To find out more or to secure your place, visit the library website - libraries.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au – and check out the calendar.