Initially when I saw the ABC Local Radio's competition to win 50 books by localising literature, I didn't think I had an entry. The idea was to take a classic piece of literature and localise it - make it about Queensland.
I thought the examples they gave were pretty good, but I didn't have any ideas for localising the title of a classic. However once it was pointed out to me that you could write a poem, I knew what I had to do.
There's a great Australian Bush Poem by Banjo Paterson that many Aussies would know called "The Man From Ironbark" which was begging to be parodied. It's about a bloke from the bush who comes to the big smoke and gets a new style - a beard shave that goes horribly wrong. Upping the ante, my protagonist went one further.
To my massive shock and surprise, the ABC didn't disqualify me on the grounds of "Anatomical Terms Some Of Our Listeners Won't Have Heard," and I won the 50 books!
Here is a frightening example of my accent, for the enjoyment of Heather. I did broaden it a little for the bush poetry, but probably not enough. I still sounded like a city girl instead of a rugged bush balladeer.