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Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards 2015

– The Open Door

By Corinne Fenton

IMG_1188Last week was a very exciting and rewarding week – the culmination of four months reading, re-reading, agonising over and judging 6,000 poems received from primary school students Australia-wide. As this was my second year in the role, the mechanics and rules were easier but the volume of poems had increased which made the decision-making even more challenging. Following the decisions, there were reports to write and send off, followed by the final exciting part, the Dorothea Mackellar Awards National Presentation Ceremony held in Gunnedah, NSW on Friday 4th September.

IMG_1166-380x380First there was a warm welcome at the airport in Tamworth, at Gunnedah and at the Mackellar Motel, a quick walk about the town before an early night. Thursday was a day of school visits back in Tamworth, before a dinner at the Mackellar Motel to meet the young winners – always a thrill to meet these talented poets and put a name (and poem) to a face.

IMG_1227Friday morning’s first job was a radio interview on ABC Tamworth with two of the winners – upper and lower primary sections . . . I am so proud of these children and all the winners. We then raced on to the Award Ceremony where we heard from new president Jenny Farquhar, The Hon Barnaby Joyce MP, new patron the Hon. Margaret White and guest speaker Sophie Masson. Then came the awards themselves presented by fellow judge Nette Hilton (Senior Categories) and myself (Junior Categories).IMG_1168-380x285IMG_1181

I returned to Sydney Friday evening, retreating into the warm, cosy and welcoming Hughenden Hotel. After a walk with fellow author and SCBWI Regional Adviser, Susanne Gervey first thing Saturday morning about Centennial Park, we journeyed out to be welcomed by Paul Macdonald at The Children’s Bookshop in Beecroft for a special Father’s Day book signing and reading of my dog books – Bob the Railway Dog, Hey Dad, You’re Great, Little Dog and the Christmas Wish and The Dog on the Tuckerbox.

I arrived back home Saturday night – in need of a good night’s sleep! Thank you Dorothea Mackellar Committee for looking after me so well – especially Jenny, Alice, Russell, lovely Anne and all those warm hearts who do such a wonderful job for poetry and the children of Australia – thank you.

 

Updates

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Here are this week’s updates.

 

COMPETITIONS

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

Reminders

 

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

Closing Date: 30-June 2014

 

POETS A-Z

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

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