Ten schools from across the Great Southern and Wheatbelt gathered at the Dumbleyung Town Hall on Friday, June 16 to take part in the 2023 Dumbleyung Speech, Drama and Art Festival. To mark the event’s 30th anniversary festival founder Melissa Joy returned to judge the competition with Dumbleyung locals Julie Justins and Mila Balcomb sharing the role of scribe. Following the festival’s official opening at 9.30am students from Years 3-6 took to the stage in turns to recite humorous and poignant works of poetry to an audience of about 350 people. Australian poetry was well represented with children delivering contemporary and classic pieces penned by writers such as John Marsden, Jack Moses and Banjo Patterson. Mime performances and choral speaking were also a feature of the event hosted by Dumbleyung Primary School principal Melanie Ball along with a display of artworks created by students in response to the theme Through Time.