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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh


    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Friday, August 21, 2009



    Two talented poets are one step closer to making their names in the world of poetry after winning distinguished poetry prizes at the opening of the Queensland Poetry Festival.

    Premier and Arts Minister Anna Bligh said Brisbane-based poet Rosanna Licari of Annerley took out the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize while Andrew Slattery of New South Wales was the recipient of the Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award for Unpublished Poetry.

    “These long-running awards, which provide prize money and a publishing contract with UQP, support those special writers who chronicle our world through the art of poetry,” Ms Bligh said.

    “The judges selected Rosanna and Andrew from a pool of high-standard submissions because their poems stood out and demonstrated a consciousness of poetic devices with keen observations that reveal the complexity of the human condition.”

    Ms Bligh said the Val Vallis Award for Unpublished Poetry was a national prize of $4000 for an unpublished poem (or suite of poems) of 100 lines or less.

    “This award is especially poignant this year as we remember Dr Val Vallis, who passed away in January,” Ms Bligh said.

    “A renowned Queensland poet, Val Vallis made an incredible contribution to Australian arts and cultural life in a career spanning more than 50 years.

    The Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize of $3000 is for a book-length poetry manuscript includes a publishing contract with UQP.

    “In this Q150 year of celebrating great Queensland stories, the words of our poets are especially resonant in creating lasting Queensland stories.”

    Ms Bligh said the winners were announced at the opening of the 13th annual Queensland Poetry Festival: spoken in one strange word which runs from 21-23 August at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts.

    Open nationally, both awards have been administered by the Queensland Writers Centre since 2005 in partnership with Arts Queensland and the Queensland Poetry Festival.

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    21 August 2009