Performing in 2016
Congratulations to the winners of the competitions held during the 2016 John O’Brien Festival
Open Writing Competition
Tony Hammill – Blood and Love: The Irish Saga
Short Story Section
Margot Ogilvie – The Legend of Paddy O’Malley
John O’Brien Poetry Recital Competition
Winner – Heather Searles with The Road to Danahey’s
Bush Poetry Competition
Winner – Sue Pearce
Runner-up – Ted Webber
Winner – Rhonda Tallnash
Runner-up – Heather Searles
Jim Angel Award
Sue Pearce with Love You Daddy
Winner – Jessie McDermott.
Junior winner – Mahni Ireland.
Kinder – Briley Clancy
Year 1 – Sophie O’Connor
Year 2 – Amy Hall
Year 3 – Oliver Hutchins
Year 4 – Talia Mathieson
Year 5 – Samantha Dwyer
Open section – Elizabeth Campbell
Rotary Art Show
Winners for each section were announced at the opening night, Thursday 17 March. Winning artworks are marked and on display in the exhibition.
We welcome your feedback
What did you enjoy about the Festival? What would you like to see done differently next year? Let us know.
Download the feedback form and return it to us at:
Narrandera’s John O’Brien Festival Organising Committee
c/o Narrandera Visitor Information Centre
141 East street
Narrandera NSW 2700
Fax: (02) 6959 2788
Email: [email protected]
Poet John O’Brien is the namesake of Narrandera’s flagship festival.
Narrandera was home to famed priest Monsignor Patrick Hartigan (1878-1952) who published his poetry under the nom de plume “John O’Brien”.
His best known poems include Said Hanrahan, Tangmalangaloo and Around the Boree Log. Books of his poetry are available at Narrandera’s Visitor Information Centre.
Narrandera’s John O’Brien Festival has become an annual pilgrimage for many who appreciate the great humanity and humour of “John O’Brien’s” poetry.
Check out the range of merchandise on display at the Narrandera Visitor Information Centre year-round. Get in early to ensure that you are ‘well versed’ in all things John O’Brien!
Stone the Crows!
Heading to Narrandera for the 2016 John O’Brien Festival? Why not stay in the area and attend the Stone the Crows Festival in Wagga Wagga the following week?
Wagga Wagga’s Stone the Crows Festival is a unique event designed specifically for grey nomads. It doesn’t matter what sort of recreational vehicle you travel in, whether it’s a caravan or a motorhome, a fifth wheeler or a camper trailer, a campervan or a tent – everyone is welcome at the fourth annual Stone the Crows Festival. There are old friends to catch up with and new friends waiting to be made.
The 2016 Festival will start on Tuesday March 22 and finish up with a gala night on Monday March 28.
Visit their website for more information.
NHMA 6th National Tractor Trek
The Riverina Vintage Machinery Club and Urana Vintage Machinery Club will be hosting the National Historic Machinery Association’s 6th National Tractor Trek on 17-19 March 2016.
The John O’Brien Festival welcomes the participation of these organisations, and is pleased to announce that the vintage tractors will be participating in our parade on Saturday 19 March.
For more information about the NHMA and the Tractor Trek please visit their website.