Damen makes a meal of the Ipswich Poetry Feast

WORDSMITH: 2013 Ipswich Poetry Feast winner Damen O’Brien with the Babies of Walloon Trophy.
WORDSMITH: 2013 Ipswich Poetry Feast winner Damen O’Brien with the Babies of Walloon Trophy. Contributed

EAST Ipswich poet Damen O'Brien was the overall winner of the 2013 Ipswich Poetry Feast.

Mr O'Brien won the local category for his poem Jacaranda Street and also took out the mentorship award for his work The Elexir.

Cr David Pahlke, also the Ipswich Poetry Feast committee chairperson, said the 2013 mentorship prize included more than just a cash prize.

"As part of this mentorship, valued at $1050, Damen will now receive 15 hours of tuition with Brisbane-based writer and poet Ynes Sanz, winner of the Val Vallis Poetry Award," he said.

"Damen will have the chance to work closely with Ynes to further develop his poetry skills."

The many winners have shared in a total prize pool of more than $7800.

Cr Pahlke said a total of 1193 entries had been received for the competition this year, an increase of 175 entries on the 2012 competition.

"We received some wonderful entries this year and are excited to learn tonight which poets have been selected as the 2013 award winners by our judges," Cr Pahlke said.

"Each year the entries are judged by a number of experienced regional and professional poets and educators and this tradition has continued this year.

"We want to sincerely thank our judges - Isabelle Kearsley, Josh Donellan, David Stavanger, Noel Stallard and Ynes Sanz - for the hard work they put into selecting our winners.

"It is an extremely difficult job given the high calibre of the entries received this year."

Cr Pahlke said the Ipswich Poetry Feast committee was especially pleased to see the way in which the competition has been embraced by students throughout Australia and especially from the Ipswich region. "Our strongest individual category was the 8 to 10 years section with 267 entries followed by 205 entries in the open - other category."

Cr Pahlke said entries for the competition were received predominantly from throughout Queensland, especially the Ipswich region.

"Woodend resident Majella Pearl, a student at St Mary's College, took out the theme category in the 15 to 17 years category for A Walk Through Ipswich," Cr Pahlke said.

"The open award went to Charters Towers resident Brenda Joy for The Legacy Lives On."

MAJOR WINNERS

  • Encouragement award - 5-17 years: Ellie Burton for Black Coffee for Breakfast?
  • Encouragment award - open: Melanie Gilchrist for My Dad is an Alcoholic
  • Theme category - 15 - 17 years category: Majella Pearl for A Walk Through Ipswich
  • Open category: Brenda Joy for The Legacy Lives On
  • Mentorship: Damen O'Brien for The Elixir
  • Chairperson's School Award winner: Ipswich Grammar School
  • Overall winner: Damen O'Brien.


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