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State of Poetry podcasts

https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/podcasts/states-of-poetry
Australian Book Review’s States of Poetry Podcast is part of a major new project States of Poetry<https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/poetry/states-of-poetry>, which is intended to highlight the quality and diversity of contemporary Australian poetry. Funded by Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, this is one of the first federally arranged poetry anthologies published in this country. All states and territories will be covered with separate anthologies, each of them edited by a senior poet living in, or closely associated with, that state. The state editors will choose six local poets actively publishing new work (up to five poems per poet). The state anthologies will appear on the website with introductions from the state editor, biographies and remarks from the individual poets, recordings, and other features.

Poem of the Week podcasts

https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/podcasts/poem-of-the-week
Each week a different poet will introduce and read his or her poem. This is a lasting record of these poets’ voices.

13th Kathleen Julia Bates Memorial Writing Competition

For Australian writers only, this competition is for a non-rhyming poem suitable for a child up to the age of 12 years. Maximum length is 30 lines. Open theme. All entries are to have a separate title page with full contact details including email address for results. There is no entry fee. One entry per person. Prizes are $150 first prize, $100 for second prize and $50 for third prize plus certificates for winners and short-listed entries.  Entries must be received on or before 31 August, 2016. Results will be announced on the Australian Children’s Poetry blog site and in Buzz Words (http://www.buzzwordsmagazine.com) on 1 October. Email entries to Teena Raffa-Mulligan at traffa-m@bigpond.net.au

Poetry pointers

Where do you get ideas? How do you write a poem? Do poems have to rhyme? What makes it a poem if it doesn’t rhyme? Who publishes poetry? How do I become a children’s poet? What is your top tip for writers who want to write poetry for children?

These are among the myriad questions asked by writers who want to write poetry. How would you answer them? If you have a poetry pointer to share, email me at traffa-m@bigpond.net.au

Poems wanted

Please keep submissions of poetry coming in for the Poem of the Day. Your submissions are much appreciated and I’m enjoying them immensely, particularly the responses to the Monday Poetry Prompts. If you’re a poet who is still thinking about whether to submit, please do! Poems are always needed and get posted so long as they are suitable for children (including teenagers). Previously published poems can be submitted provided you still retain copyright. Email traffa-m@bigpond.net.au

Articles, events, information and interviews

ACP is also happy to accept information about children’s poetry activities and events in Australia and overseas, poetry links, competitions, interviews with poets or publishers, poetry book reviews and relevant articles.

 

Poem of the Day

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Count-up to Planet Bed

 

I’m one for the window

and two for the door.

 

I’m three for the ceiling

and four for the floor.

 

I’m five for the morning

and six for the night.

 

I’m seven for the stairs

and eight for the light.

 

I’m nine for a story

and ten for my bed.

 

Now I’m off for a dream

to hold in my head.

 

Katherine Gallagher

(Published in Toothpaste Trouble (ed. Nick Toczek, Macmillan, 2002)

  • Submitted in response to Poetry Prompt #23

Poetry Prompt #22

Katherine says: Going to bed isn’t always a happy time but it can be made fun with ‘ a one-step-at-a-time’ count-up. Your Poetry Prompt #23 reminded me of this situation.

 

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On a Whim

 

On a whim

one Friday

I decided to paint

the house blue

and yellow stripes

the car black

with white spots

the furniture a

subtle pale pink

my reluctant wife

swirls of green

and the street trees

a striking dull gold

 

I’d just finished

painting the undercoat

on a  patch of sky

when the police arrived

so I decided to paint

them as well

magenta and orange

it wasn’t what they

were keen on

but it was all that

was left in the shed

out the back

Glenn Ewing
  • Submitted in response to Poetry Prompt #8

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Poem inspires

Sophie Masson’s poem Frosty School Morning was chosen as the inspirational text for the illustrators who will be competing in the New England Illustration Prize, a new award for emerging and experienced illustrators resident in New England.  You can read more about it here (and also see the poem) at http://www.newc.org.au/new-england-illustration-prize.html

Sophie said the poem was very much inspired by a characteristic experience for children in New England. “I’m especially pleased because this poem was also set to music a couple of years ago for the 10th anniversary of the big regional musical event, New England Sings,” she added.  It was one of three poems commissioned for it. Here’s the link. http://www.armidaleexpress.com.au/story/2670062/photos-new-england-sings-review/

Special anniversary blog tour

The School Magazine is celebrating its centenary this year and Jackie Hosking of is organising a blog tour of Australian children’s poets who have had their work published in the magazines. The blog tour will be held on Monday, March 21 – World Poetry Day. For details on how to become involved contact Jackie here.

Poetry pointers

Where do you get ideas? How do you write a poem? Do poems have to rhyme? What makes it a poem if it doesn’t rhyme? Who publishes poetry? How do I become a children’s poet? What is your top tip for writers who want to write poetry for children?

These are among the myriad questions asked by writers who want to write poetry. How would you answer them? If you have a poetry pointer to share, email me at traffa-m@bigpond.net.au

Poems wanted

Please keep submissions of poetry coming in for the Poem of the Day. Your submissions are much appreciated and I’m enjoying them immensely. If you’re a poet who is still thinking about whether to submit, please do! Poems are always needed and get posted so long as they are suitable for children (including teenagers). Previously published poems can be submitted provided you still retain copyright. Email traffa-m@bigpond.net.au

Articles, events, information and interviews

ACP is also happy to accept information about children’s poetry activities and events in Australia and overseas, poetry links, competitions, interviews with poets or publishers, poetry book reviews and relevant articles.

 

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Writing poetry for children

Looking for some pointers on writing poems for children? This excellent article looks at what children like in poems and where to get ideas for content and form. http://www.freelancewriting.com/articles/FF-writing-poetry-for-children.php

Classical Poems for Children

What makes a poem a classic? Reading the poems that have survived the test of time might not provide the answer but certainly makes for interesting reading. Check out this collection by poets such as Christina Rossetti, Robert Louis Stevenson and Edward Lear. http://storyit.com/Classics/JustPoems/

Competitions

  • DOROTHEA2016The 2015 Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards competition for students received 9852 poems from 655 schools. Winners have been announced. Visit here for full details.  Planning for the 2016 competition is now underway. The optional theme has been approved as ‘Waiting’ and the competition will run from 1 March to 30 June.

 

  • Somerset National Poetry Prize

Open to Australian secondary students under 19 years of age

Closing Date 11 December

Do you know a young person with a flair for writing poetry? This competition is being held in conjunction with the Somerset Celebration of Literature 2016. Its purpose is to encourage a love of writing poetry amongst secondary school students, to affirm it as a worthwhile literary pursuit and to stimulate excellence in writing. It also has the aim of inspiring and enriching youth literature. Category prizes of $300 plus flights to attend the festival. Full details here.

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To rhyme or not to rhyme?

Where do you get ideas? How do you write a poem? Do poems have to rhyme? What makes it a poem if it doesn’t rhyme? Who publishes poetry? How do I become a children’s poet? What is your top tip for writers who want to write poetry for children?

These are among the myriad questions asked by writers who want to write poetry. How would you answer them? If you have a poetry pointer to share, email me at traffa-m@bigpond.net.au

Poems wanted

Please keep submissions of poetry coming in for the Poem of the Day. Your submissions are much appreciated and I’m enjoying them immensely. If you’re a poet who is still thinking about whether to submit, please do! Poems are always needed and get posted so long as they are suitable for children (including teenagers). Previously published poems can be submitted provided you still retain copyright. Email traffa-m@bigpond.net.au

Articles, events, information and interviews

ACP is also happy to accept information about children’s poetry activities and events in Australia and overseas, poetry links, competitions, interviews with poets or publishers, poetry book reviews and relevant articles.