The C.J. Dennis Poetry Festival

Keeping the memory and works of C.J. Dennis alive

The Toolangi C.J. Dennis Poetry Festival

Hosted by The Singing Gardens

Each year The Singing Gardens hosts The Toolangi C.J. Dennis Poetry Festival and this year (2017)  it will be held on Saturday 21st  and Sunday 22nd October.  The event covers two full days and incorporates The C.J. Dennis Poetry Competition in which participants compete for the prestigious Marian Mayne Prize, for the winner of the Adult Open section.

The Marian Mayne Prize is a gorgeous perpetual trophy which will remain at The Singing Gardens not only continuing to promote the competition but also the memory of Marian Mayne herself, whose generous bequest provided the trophy itself as well as ongoing prize money.

The Festival includes an award ceremony, a performance of one or more of Den’s poems as well as a roving theatre. Throughout the duration of the Festival the Tearooms provide an opportunity to partake in refreshments from our menu. No visit to the garden is complete without having one of our scrumptious devonshire teas or for something more substantial a traditional roast lunch will be offered on the Sunday but make sure you ring to book. Weather permitting you could even bring your own picnic and enjoy the surrounds that inspired Den so much but don’t forget to bring your fold up chairs as seating will be at a premium over the weekend.

Additional Information

Hot off the press the Program, Menu and Event Pricing for the Festival has just been released!

2017 Tickets available at the gate for $20 per person for either day or $35 per person for the weekend.  For more details please click on the link 2017 Poetry Festival Program and Menu