Here’s a link to an AGE article and photo about the Commonwealth Writers Prize:
and the official web site: Commonwealth Writers Prize
The medallion and cheque arrived from the Max Harris Poetry Prize this week. There’s been a bit of interest too from the local media, and even some of my students who wanted to hear the poem. Funny how that I normally wouldn’t be comfortable reading a new poem to my students, but because it’s been officially commended by an external judge, it’s okay. We need our gatekeepers still it seems.
Would like to be over in South Australia accepting the Max Harris Poetry Prize Award today, but didn’t quite make it over due to travel difficulties. Still, it will be nice to think of someone reading the poem at the presentation dinner tonight.
Got more good news on Friday night when I got a phone call saying that a new poem ‘Yeats’ Grave’ had won the poetry prize at the Max Harris Literary Awards, and that another new poem ‘After a Funeral’ had been highly commended. The Max Harris Poetry Prize is part of the Penola Festival in South Australia. More news on this one later but I wouldn’t mind going across to South Australia for the Awards Ceremony later this month.