(photo of Andrew Taylor from Salt Publishing)
I’m very pleased to have been awarded second place in this year’s Julie Lewis Awards by judge Kevin Gillam, one of Australia’s most successful competition poets. I’m also told that Kevin read my poem clearing the caravan park beautifully at the ceremony.
I would have loved to have been under the rear verandah on the Edith Cowan Heritage House to hear the winners announced by Andrew Taylor, a great Australian poet whose work I’ve enjoyed for years. Andrew, formerly of Adelaide, was a co-founder of Friendly Street Poets and prime-mover of the South Australian Writers Centre from which all other Australian writers’ centres have followed. In 1992 he became Foundation Professor of English at Edith Cowan University in Perth where he’s now Emeritus Professor.
I’ll announce the other winners as soon as I know myself.
Thanks again to the Peter Cowan Centre for supporting my work.