The title of Blue Mountains Slam Champion last night (Thursday 16th June) went to newcomer 15 year old Chloe Humphrys for her poem Youth, a spirited and brilliant examination of how it feels to be young and on the brink of entering the adult world. Chloe, a student at St Columba’s High School, delivered her poem with assured ‘Slam’ confidence and perfect timing at the Australian Poetry Slam heat in Katoomba Library in front of over 100 audience members.
Second prize went to local Lewis-Alan Trathen for Sunlit. Lewis, a poet and spoken-word performer, has been slamming for over two years and was a finalist in the 2015 NSW Poetry Slam so the audience was treated to a skilled and electrifying performance.
Overall, in this thrilling yet uncompromising and off-beat competition – where poets must perform their own, original work in front of a live audience for strictly two-minutes or risk penalty – the fourteen competitors enthralled the audience with tales of love-lost, messages to God, skin, Tetrus, eye-pochondria and much more.
But the evening’s highlight was a chance to catch performances from last year’s Slam Champ, Philip Wilcox, and experience the reason why he and other Slam poets continue to draw audiences and advance the standing of poetry and poets from around Australia.
Both Blue Mountains winners will now advance to the Australian Poetry Slam’s State Finals later this year.
The Kenneth Slessor Prize ($30,000) is offered to a poet for a book of collected poems or for a single poem of substantial length published in book form.
More can be read about each shortlisted collection here.
This award is sponsored wholly by Multicultural NSW ($20,000) and is offered to the writer of a book (fiction or non-fiction), play, poetry, music drama or script which is deemed by the judges to have both:
- made a significant contribution to Australian literature, theatre, film, radio or television in its portrayal of the interaction of Australia’s diverse cultures, and
- canvassed issues arising from the Australian immigration and migrant settlement experience.
Shining: The Story of a Lucky Man by Abdi Aden & Robert Hillman
The Other Side of the World by Stephanie Bishop
The Principal, Episode 1 by Kristen Dunphy
Good Muslim Boy by Osamah Sami
We Are Here by Cat Thao Nguyen
Vera: My Story by Vera Wasowski & Robert Hillman
The Nick Enright Prize ($30,000) is offered for a play or a work of music drama given its first production in Australia between 1 October 2014 and 30 September 2015. The production may be given by a professional or amateur theatre company, but it must involve a season of several performances before a general audience.
Boys Will Be Boys by Melissa Bubnic
Broken by Mary Anne Butler
The Bleeding Tree by Angus Cerini
Battle of Waterloo by Kylie Coolwell
Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday by Roslyn Oades
More about these plays here.
The Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature
The Patricia Wrightson Prize ($30,000) is offered for a work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry written for children up to secondary school level. Books containing the work of more than four authors, including anthologies, are not eligible for nomination. AS with the Ethel Turner Prize, if books contain original illustrations which are integral to the success of the book, the judges may determine that the award be shared by the writer/s and the illustrator.
Tea and Sugar Christmas by Jane Jolly & Robert Ingpen
A Single Stone by Meg McKinlay
Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars by Martine Murray
The Greatest Gatsby: A Visual Book of Grammar by Tohby Riddle
Flight by Nadia Wheatley & Armin Greder
Teacup by Rebecca Young & Matt Ottley
Read more about these children’s books here.
The UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing
The UTS Glenda Adams Award ($5,000) looks for outstanding new literary talent and is for a published book of fiction written by an author who has not previously published a book-length work of narrative fiction or narrative non-fiction. This award is sponsored wholly by the University of Technology, Sydney.
Winners for the 2016 Awards will be announced on Monday 16 May 2016.
The highlight of the Library year!
The 4th annual celebration of the wonder, joy and fun of poetry.
Bring a cushion and a picnic (no alcohol) to enjoy an evening’s entertainment.
This year, for the first time ever, our poets will present performances of classic and popular poems that you are sure to recognise.
There will be live acoustic music and then readings of poetry written by our very own local poets, Sandy Holmes, Gregory North, Elouisa West, Jenny Campbell, Tez Mac and Lowell Tarling.
The event is FREE and will be held inside the library if wet.
Friday 27 November 2015
6.30pm to 8.30pm
Enquiries on 4780 5750
Remember there will be a #poetryread twitter discussion on Tuesday 31 March 2015 starting at 8.00pm Australian Eastern Daylight Savings (Summer) Time. Or 9.00pm New Zealand Time, 6.00pm Singapore Standard Time, 12.00 noon Central European Summer Time, 9am – 11am; 2pm – 4pm; 6pm – 8pm BST. Note this is a staggered discussion. Use the tags #poetryread and #rwpchat as you discuss #poetryread reading, watching playing so others can join in the conversation.
However you do poetry, join in the discussion this month.