Brenda-Joy Pritchard takes out prestigious Henry Lawson Award
Australian bush poet Brenda-Joy Pritchard has been awarded first prize for the Traditional Rhyming poetry section of the 2017 Henry Lawson National Literary Awards.
Brenda Joy's poem My Alpine World was selected by well-known Australian poet David Campbell (who judged both traditional and free verse poetry sections). Terry Maher judged short story entries.
My Alpine World was chosen from over 150 entries for traditional rhyming verse, with awards for all three sections of the competition presented in Melbourne on 16 September.
Poetry judge David Campbell says he was impressed by the calibre of entries in this year's Henry Lawson literary awards. "Brenda Joy's poem My Alpine World uses an unusual, but effective structure to create a stirring, atmospheric tribute to the Snow Gum", he said. "It eloquently captures the tree's struggle to survive over time and through the seasons."
On hearing of her award, Brenda-Joy admitted that she was delighted and somewhat emotionally overcome. "This is a really big and highly respected award to receive, especially as this year it was judged by such a great writer as David Campbell", she said.
"I am truly grateful to the organisers and the sponsors for holding this prestigious competition and I know that everyone within the bush poetry community shares my appreciation."
Other prize winners in Traditional Rhyming Verse section included Catherine Lee (Mona Vale NSW) for Everlasting Soldiers, and Shelley Hansen (Maryborough Qld) for Communication Breakdown.
A full list of prize winners in all three sections is available on the Henry Lawson Society website http://henrylawsonsociety.org/
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