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Here are this week’s updates.



Current competitions (listed on this site) are now on the main ‘Competitions‘ page – in order of deadline submission date.



The 2014 Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards, Australia’s largest and oldest poetry writing competition for students.

Closing Date: 30-June 2014



Two bios have been added to our POETS A-Z page.

Mike Lucas

Dianne Ellis

If you are not able to view the ‘drop-down’ listing of poets, all bios can be accessed through the main page here.

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


That’s it for this week.


Di Bates

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Here are this week’s updates.



In May this year, Walker Books is publishing a collection of Stephen Whiteside’s poetry for children, The Billy That Died With Its Boots On and Other Australian Verse.

Dr Stephen Whiteside shares his journey – The Fulfillment of a Lifetime Quest: Writing the Billy That Died With Its Boots On and Other Australian Verse.

Link here:




Don’t forget to check our  Competitions‘ page for end of April submission deadlines.


Writers sought

As per my recent blog post, if you are interested in assisting as a  researcher and writer for the Australian Children’s Poetry blog site, more information can be found here:



That’s it for this week.


Di  Bates

Writers Sought


Just lately I have been advertising for researchers and writers for the Australian Children’s Poetry blog site. As usual, I am keen to receive articles about anything related to children’s poetry (such as teaching poetry writing, compiling a collection, poetry book reviews and so on). But what I am particularly keen on are people who would like to research and write biographies about deceased Australian children’s poets to add to the A to Z of poets.

So, if you are interested, you might like to choose one (or more) of the following poets and get to work. The biographies would include the dates of birth and death and an overview of their life as poets as well as including three of their poems for children (citing publication details). If you can find any pictures (of the poet and/or their books), please send as jpgs.

Here is a list of the poets. Some of them, such as Michael Dugan, wrote exclusively for children; other poets, such as Kevin Gilbert, wrote mostly poems for adults but also wrote poems published in anthologies for children

Clive Sansom
Kath Walker
Ronald Strahan
Colin Thiele
DH Souter
Spike Milligan
Kevin Gilbert
Roland Robinson
Irene Gough
William Hart-Smith
Robert Gray
Mary Gilmore
Eric Rolls
Lilith Norman
Patricia Wrightson
Isobel Kendall Bowden
Ruth Sansom
Geoffrey Dutton
Elizabeth Riddell
Cathy Warry
CJ Dennis
Andrew ‘Banjo’ Patterson
Henry Kendall
Henry Lawson
Barbara Giles
Jenny Boult (also known as MM Bliss)
Daisy Utemorrah
Flexmore Hudson
Michael Dugan

Thanks and hope to hear from you soon!
Di Bates


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Today I have sent the following email to numerous children’s poets and poetry lovers:

‘Through the new blog site, Australian Children’s Poetry (which now has over 8,500 hits), I am trying to revitalise poetry in Australia, starting with poetry in schools. You might have read https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/articles/why-are-booksellers-afraid-of-childrens-poetry/ and the responses from poet Stephen Whiteside and myself, Di Bates.

Here’s a thought: if all of us with a love of and connection to Australian children’s poetry united, we might just put poetry and Australian children, teachers, publishers and booksellers on the same page. United, we can be a powerful force! We can bring poetry into schools and into bookshops. We can exert pressure on organisations such as the CBCA to fund prizes, competitions and/or otherwise promote poetry.

So, what I’m asking you today is for you to consider approaching school/s to offer to present a poetry reading. Have you done this before? Why not now? Then, send an article to me at dibates@outlook.com about your experience and the responses from children and teachers.

Your articles will be posted on the Australian Children’s Poetry blog site and then the CBCA and Australian children’s publishers will be notified that there is the beginning of a groundswell…

Am I being too optimistic? What do you think? Do you want to be part of the Poetry Revolution?’

Subsequent to sending this email, I’ve had an undertaking from our Children’s Laureate Jackie French that she would blog it on her website www.childrenslaureate.org.au and post it in her newsletter. (Thanks, wonderful Jackie!)

Poet and verse novelist Sherryl Clark wrote that she is undertaking a May Gibbs residency in Brisbane in May, part of which is presenting workshops in schools. Initially, when Sherryl suggested poetry workshops, the State Library thought that maybe there wouldn’t be enough interest and that she should offer story writing as well. Sherryl recently received a draft schedule and four of the five schools requested poetry!

You don’t have to be a poet to present a poetry reading! If you are keen to promote poetry in schools, find a half hours’ worth of poems (preferably Australian) that you think children would love to hear recited, and then contact your local school and offer to do a reading.

Become a part of the Australian children’s poetry revolution!

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Here are this week’s updates.



Why are booksellers afraid of children’s poetry?

Link herehttps://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/articles/why-are-booksellers-afraid-of-childrens-poetry/



Don’t forget to check our  Competitions‘ page for end of April submission deadlines.



Dianne (Di) Bates interviews Bill Condon

Link here: https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/interviews/bill-condon/


That’s it for this week.




Poem of the Day


Sea song


I took my teddy down to the sea

Thinking what fun it was bound to be,

But he took one step and his paws got all wet

He doesn’t want to go for a swim just yet.


I took my budgie down to the sea,

Thinking what fun it was bound to be,

But he took one look and he flew away,

He just won’t go to the sea today.


I took my puppy down to the sea,

Hoping she’d love it just like me.

She barked at the waves, then ran in to play,

I think we’ll stay at the sea all day!


© Sophie Masson

Friday Update


Here are this week’s updates:



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.



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.