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Varuna Bound

Well, things may quieten here over the next week, as tomorrow I head off to Varuna to soak in silence and see what bubbles to the surface. One week of solid, uninterrupted writing, sitting at Eleanor Dark’s desk in her studio overlooking the magnificent gardens. Sounds amazing when I say it, though, a little daunting at the same time…

Eleanor Dark Studio

Good friend and fine poet, Nathan Shepherdson jokingly said it’s an opportunity to go Chris Gayle (cricket reference for all those wondering) style and write 100 poems in the week, but as I said, a well crafted 30 would do me just fine.

One thing is for sure, I will be sharing the odd poem here over the coming weeks… and hopefully a postcard in the next few days.



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Arts QLD Poetry Awards

It’s that time of year again! Arts QLD in association with QLD Poetry Festival are again proud to present the prestigious Val Vallis Award and Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize. See below for full details.


Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award for Unpublished Poetry

This prestigious prize is committed to encouraging emerging poets throughout Australia. Entrants may submit up to three poems per entry, but each entry must be accompanied by a separate entry form and a separate entry fee. 1st prize is $1,000 plus one week fully paid at Varuna Writers House; 2nd prize is $500; 3rd prize is $250. Deadline is 5pm, 6 July. Visit www.queenslandpoetryfestival.com and click on the awards page for guidelines and entry forms or contact qldpoetry@gmail.com or phone 07 3842 9990.

Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize

Committed to encouraging emerging Queensland poets and now in its 8th year. This prize, for an unpublished poetry manuscript, comes with a total prize money of $3,000. Deadline is 5pm, 13 July.   Visit www.queenslandpoetryfestival.com and click on the awards page for guidelines and an entry form. Alternatively, email qldpoetry@gmail.com or phone 07 3842 9990.

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