I received the People’s Poet Award at the poetry reading and prize ceremony for the Wells Festival of Literature on Sunday, on the strength of the public vote from everyone who bought the booklet of shortlisted poems and the audience at the event. (Sadly, I was in the wrong hemisphere to be there to perform it myself, but somebody read my poem for me.)
I’ve been on holiday in the UK for the last month, and while away I got news of two poetry successes. I’m shortlisted for the Newcastle Poetry Prize, so I’m in the last 30 and will be published in the anthology. Also, I’m on the shortlist of 25 in the Wells Festival of Literature Poetry Competition.
Just to put a little more icing on the cake, I have a poem in the Grieve 2015 e-book anthology coming out later this month, and I’ve received Special Mentions in the SWWV Biennial Literary Award, both Short Story and Article categories.
In honour of the holiday we’re taking next month on the Island of Herm in the Channel Islands:
There was a young lady from Herm,
Who got cold and succumbed to a germ.
Her snuffles and sneezes
Created such breezes,
It totally ruined her perm.
My poem ‘Fish’ appears in the Poetica Christi Press Poetry Anthology ‘Inner Child’, which was launched on Saturday July 25th.
It’s available here.
The anthology “City of Stars’, an anthology of love poems for Frankston edited by Avril Bradley, will be launched by the Deputy Mayor of Frankston on Sunday September 27th at Harry’s Studio in the grounds of The McClelland Art Gallery and Sculpture Park. It contains my poems ‘Tardis’ and ‘Director’s Cut’.
It’s available here.
There is to be an anthology of poems about Frankston, titled ‘City of Stars’. It will be published by Ginninderra Press and will come out later this year. I have two poems in this anthology.
I’ve progressed at last from the ‘commended’ category – I’ve won Third Prize ($100) in the City of Rockingham Short Fiction Awards!
I’ve also been told that the poem I entered in the Henry Kendall Poetry Award has been chosen to go in the Anthology based on the competition – I don’t know whether this means it was longlisted, shortlisted or is in line for one of the prizes (results due next month), but in any case it’s always nice to get a published credit.
I’ve also heard that one of my poems published in ‘The Mozzie’ magazine has been chosen to be re-published in New Zealand in the magazine ‘Valley Micropress’.