Opening night is always a bit special and for me even more special with the knowledge that my manuscript ‘Confessional Box’ had again been shortlisted for the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Prize for an unpublished manuscript. I am thrilled that I have been shortlisted for this award for the second year in a row, with two different manuscripts. Last year ‘The lost art of penning you a love note’ was also shortlisted.
Judges Felicity Plunkett and Justin Clemens had some lovely comments about my work and it has certainly made me feel like I am close to the mark with my poetry. The prize went to Rachael Briggs, who was last year’s Val Vallis Award winner.
Following the award announcements, activity moved into the theatre space for the Tongues of Flame opening night performances featuring Robert Adamson, a.rawlings and LE Scott. The evening was finished off by a set by Holly Throsby (whose Seeker Lover Keeper CD is still on high rotation on my iPod!).
A wonderful opening to the weekend to follow!