Archive for November, 2017

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Nov
17

Henry Kendall Prize

Last weekend I made the big trek south to the Central Coast so I could be there for the launch of the Central Coast Poets anthology ‘Ear to Earth’ and to accept this year’s Henry Kendall Award.

It was a great afternoon of poetry, with many poets reading their anthology works on the day. It was wonderful to hear judge Jean Kent speak about the judging process and the things that made my poem ‘Margaret Olley’s Flannel Flowers’ winner of 1st prize.

I also accosted Jean with my treasured copy of Verandahs – her first collection and fellow Anne Elder Award winning book which she graciously signed for me!

I had the opportunity to read the piece myself, which is always so enjoyable. Thanks to the Central Coast poets for putting on such a wonderful event!

 

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13
Nov
17

A big night at the Ipswich Poetry Feast!

It was an incredible honour to take out the top gong at this year’s Ipswich Poetry Feast for my poem ‘Norman Foote Among the Pumpkins’. This poem was written especially for the competition, with the photo which inspired the poem selected from the Picture Ipswich site.

The poem also took out the Picture Ipswich award category, as well as the overall winner’s prize, and the beautiful Babies of Walloon statuette. Some impressive poets have won this statuette before me, including B.R Dionysius and Roger Vickery so I was truly honoured to join this esteemed company.

To read the poem, visit the IPF website.




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