Weekly update

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Please note that the information in this post (posted on 31 May) has been amended. ALL poetry information is now found on the main ‘Competitions’ page here.

Direct link at: https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/competitions/

 

Here are this week’s updates.

 

COMPETITIONS

The 2014 Toolangi C. J. Dennis Poetry Competition has opened for entries.

Click here for more information:

 

Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards

A reminder about the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards – The oldest and largest poetry competition for school aged children in Australia.

Click here for more information.

 

Poems about Myths and Legends

Click here for more information regarding an anthology of poems for children about myths and legends.

 

NOTE:

All competition details (in chronological order for deadline listings) are listed on the main ‘Competition’ page at: https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/competitions/

 

LINKS

There is a great article on poetry for children in the May 2014 Books for Keeps.

For more information, click here:

 

POETS A-Z

An article on Henry Lawson (contributed by Robyn Youl) has been added to our growing list of talented Australian poets.

Link at:

https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/australianpoets/k-o-2/henry-Lawson

 

NOTE:

All listed poets can be viewed here or via the drop down menu (Poets A-Z).

Link at:

https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/australianpoets/

 

That’s it for this week.

 

Di Bates

Weekly updates

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Here is the latest update.

 

News 

This section keeps up-to-date with information about what’s happening in schools, poets with new collections being released, etc. 

Recent news:

Short-listed Australian Children’s Poet

https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/poetry-news/short-listed-australian-childrens-poet/

 

That’s it for this week.

 

Di Bates

Competition result

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There was a healthy response to the 11th Kathleen Julia Bates Memorial Writing Competition for a poem suitable for a child up to 12 years. A good number of the 78 poems entered were thought to be suitable for publication; scoring on individual sheets reflects this. The average score (out of a possible 133) was 70.

Comments on each of the poems were made in good faith by the two judges, Dianne (Di) Bates and Bill Condon. www.enterprisingwords.com.au

The winners, after much deliberation, were as follows:

 

First prize ($150) Dianne Ellis of Wombarra NSW, with ‘The Family Cat’

Second prize ($100) Shey Marque of Two Rocks WA, with ‘Sometimes behind the Wallpaper’

Third prize ($50) Sophie Masson of Invergowrie NSW, with ‘Building Site Zoo’

 

Highly commended certificates were awarded to Pat Simmons, Sophie Masson, Michelle Lewry and Darrelle Spenceley.

 

This competition is run in the memory of my daughter, Kathleen Julia Bates (1971 – 1973).

All poets – and those interested in children’s poetry – are advised to read and follow the blog, Australian Children’s Poetry http://wwww.australianchildrenspoetry.com.au which lists competitions for children’s poetry and other valuable opportunities.

Di Bates

Friday Update

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Here are this week’s updates:

 

Competitions:

The Ipswich Poetry Feast website has now released details on the 2014 International Poetry Writing Competition.

The Competition Opening Date: Sunday 6 April 2014; Closing date  is Fri 1 August 2014 at 5.00 p.m.

Please click our Competitions  page for the updated details.

Don’t forget to check our  competition page for end of April deadline submissions.

 

Reviews:

Poetry Book Review – Verses for Children by various poets (Pine Street Poets, 2013)

To view, please click on the Review page.

 

That’s it for this week.

National Poetry Recitation Competition

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Here’s an appeal for a national poetry recitation competition.

Australian Children’s Poetry Website

Once upon a time young Australians were encouraged in schools to learn poems off by heart and to recite them. This follows a long of recitation of poems by such luminaries as ‘Banjo’ Patterson, Henry Kendall, Dorothea McKellar, John O’Brien, CJ Dennis and Adam Lindsay Gordon. As well as poems by Australians, I remember as a school child learning and reciting Alfred Noyes’ ‘The Highwayman’, ‘Matilda’ (Hilaire Belloc) and ‘The Listeners’ (Walter De La Mare.)

It seems as though poetry recitation by young people in Australia is now a thing of the past, and, so far as I know, there is nothing in Australia such as the recitation competitions which are held annually in the UK.

Thanks to a contribution to this site by Australian children’s poet Kate O’Neill, I learnt this week of two UK projects that encourage young people to learn poetry off by heart — and recite them…

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National Poetry Recitation Competition

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Once upon a time young Australians were encouraged in schools to learn poems off by heart and to recite them. This follows a long of recitation of poems by such luminaries as ‘Banjo’ Patterson, Henry Kendall, Dorothea McKellar, John O’Brien, CJ Dennis and Adam Lindsay Gordon. As well as poems by Australians, I remember as a school child learning and reciting Alfred Noyes’ ‘The Highwayman’, ‘Matilda’ (Hilaire Belloc) and ‘The Listeners’ (Walter De La Mare.)

It seems as though poetry recitation by young people in Australia is now a thing of the past, and, so far as I know, there is nothing in Australia such as the recitation competitions which are held annually in the UK.

Thanks to a contribution to this site by Australian children’s poet Kate O’Neill, I learnt this week of two UK projects that encourage young people to learn poetry off by heart — and recite them for prizes.

These competitions are as follows:

Poetry by Heart is a pioneering national competition designed to encourage UK pupils aged 14-18 and at school and college in England to learn and to recite poems by heart. http://www.poetrybyheart.org.uk/

In the UK, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with U.S. state arts agencies to support Poetry Out Loud, a contest that encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. http://www.poetryoutloud.org/

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if an Australian/s decided to make this a project in our country? (What are you waiting for?)

I would be very interested to hear of someone who would like to work with me to make the dream of a national poetry recitation competition a reality. Contact me on dibates@outlook.com

Dianne (Di) Bates                                                                                                                                                                 www.enterprisingwords.com.au