Clancy may have gone a-droving ‘down the Cooper’ where the Western drovers go but his spirit was alive and well in Mount Isa on Thursday for the bush poets’ breakfast.
The annual Rodeo Week event is put on by the Zonta Club of Mount Isa and the breakfast attracted a full house to the Terrace Garden who were prepared to get out of a warm bed early and rug up for what was a cool August morning.
Always Cloncurry bush poet was a genial host interspersing the readings of local poets with jokes, stories and poems of his own.
Cherry Brosnan spoke of the great work Zonta were doing in Mount Isa and encouraged ladies present to join up.
Margie McArdle read her own works as Veronica Griffin and Val Brown, all talking about memories of great rodeos past.
Kim-Maree Burton spoke of the history of Mount Isa Rodeo and how the Rotary Club started things off in 1959 while Gulf-based author Polly Kim gave a reading from the wonderful new Gulf Women book.
Banjo was represented with a reading of his work by Jack Mullins and the North West Star editor got involved reciting some blood-thirsty episodes from Irish history thankfully after everyone had finished their breakfasts!