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    Finance, Natural Resources and The Arts
    The Honourable Rachel Nolan

    Brisbane poets take out first place in Queensland poetry awards

    Finance, Natural Resources and The Arts
    The Honourable Rachel Nolan

    Friday, August 26, 2011

    Brisbane poets take out first place in Queensland poetry awards

    Two Brisbane poets have taken out the top gongs at tonight’s opening of the 2011 Queensland Poetry Festival, Arts Minister Rachel Nolan has announced.

    Rachael Briggs has won the Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award for Unpublished Poetry with her entry, Tough Luck, and Nicholas Powell has been awarded the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize for Water Mirrors.

    “These awards give great recognition and support to emerging poets with prize money of up to $7000, a publishing contract with UQP, and a chance to spend time at the Varuna Writers Centre in the Blue Mountains,” Ms Nolan said.

    “The Val Vallis Award for Unpublished Poetry is open to writers across Australia so it’s great to see a Queenslander receive the top prize.

    “The Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, open to Queenslanders only, awards $3000 for a book-length poetry manuscript, and includes a publishing contract with UQP.”

    Tonight’s awards kick off the Queensland Poetry Festival from 26-28 August - a three-day event at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Fortitude Valley. Sawako Nakayasu from Japan and UK poet and novelist Jacob Polley, Arts Queensland poet in residence for 2011, will be this year’s special guests.

    Further information on the Queensland Poetry Festival is available at

    www.queenslandpoetryfestival.com

    Media: Justine Scarff 0400 367 174