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Poetry poster

If you’re looking for an inspirational poster for a poetry slam or just to promote the poetry section of the library, this is a great one!

poetry poster

It’s always a shame though when the creator of great posters like this get lost in cyberspace, so if anyone knows the name of the creator of this poster, please let me know so they can be acknowledged here.

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notJackThe notJack Writers’ Prize recognizes the significance of place for Australian writers and encourages submissions from people in any area.

The prize welcomes submissions from all genres – including prose, essay, flash fiction, short story, poetry, biography, memoir, plays, screenplay – in which place, and writing from place, figures prominently. Submissions are not limited by the specific examples provided here.

Entries may be up to 3000 words or 40 lines of poetry.   Check the notJack Writers’ Prize website for the entry form, guidelines, prizes and other details.

The youth category is open now and closes 14 March 2016.

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My Brother Jack 2015The 2015 My Brother Jack Awards is now open to people who live, work or study in the City of Glen Eira (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia). There are prizes for short stories and poetry in the categories of Primary School, Junior Secondary School, Senior Secondary School and Open.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the of the My Brother Jack Awards and the Centenary of the Gallipoli landing, any short story or poem set in or around World War One will be eligible for a special prize of $1,000*.

With great prizes to be won, get writing and enter this competition before the closing date of April 27th.

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It’s really nice when a promotional idea pops up out of the blue!

This is what happened last year when our school was contacted by our local public library asking if any of our students would be interested to join in a poetry showcase event which they were organizing for later in the year.

Knowing that there were a number of enthusiastic students who had a love of poetry, it was a given that at least two or three of our students would agree to attend this off site event being held on a Saturday morning.  To the delight of our Head of English, six student voiced their interest to get involved.

Invited to share an original poem, our students were polished representatives of the school as they presented a range of their original writing which included a spoken word poem as well as extracts from memoirs and short stories on which the students had been working.   Being able to receive encouraging feedback from a children’s author who had been invited to attend this event, was an added bonus.   Offering our students an opportunity to take on new challenges and move a little out of their comfort zone into a safe and encouraging environment is a welcome challenge.

In hindsight we realize that there is no need to sit back and wait for an invitation from our local library, but rather we should be proactive in getting together with them to see whether we can pool our resources and plan together.

Give it a go.  If it worked for me, it may also work for you!

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The announcement of the annual Prime Minister’s Literary Awards for 2012 has just been published.

With a total of $600,000 prizes to be won, The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards are the most lucrative literary awards in Australia.  It is also exciting to learn that the awards will, for the first time in 2012, include a new poetry prize.  Today’s media release notes:

The new poetry category has been introduced to reflect the significant contribution poetry makes to Australia’s literary landscape.  Whether it is verse, the bush-ballad or the story-teller, poetry is ingrained in Australia’s identity.

Celebrating the contribution of literature to Australia’s cultural and intellectual life, the awards embrace six categories:

  • adult fiction
  • poetry
  • non fiction
  • young adult fiction
  • children’s fiction
  • Australian history

With $80,000 to be awarded to the winner of each category and $5,000 to each shortlisted entry, it will be an exciting start to the National Year of Reading.  Entries are due in by February 1st and the shortlist will be announced in May.

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Developing an understanding of the power of words is something that all of us working in libraries do regularly and constantly.

Just last week I found myself mesmerized by the sound of my own voice as I read a poem to a class of Year 7 students.  Dipping into my own past, I pulled out a poem to share with my students:

The Fly – Walter De la Mare

How large unto the tiny fly
Must little things appear!–
A rosebud like a feather bed,
Its prickle like a spear;

A dewdrop like a looking-glass,
A hair like golden wire;
The smallest grain of mustard-seed
As fierce as coals of fire;

A loaf of bread, a lofty hill;
A wasp, a cruel leopard;
And specks of salt as bright to see
As lambkins to a shepherd.

It was great to see, hear and feel the power of my reading over my eager listeners.  It was as if I could see images forming in their minds as I read.

The power of words and how they can lift us to new realms, new heights or explain facts clearly and precisely was brought home to me loud and clear when I saw this video.   To enable our students to learn and see the power of words is indeed a great part of our job.  Share this video with them to ensure they too learn the power of words.

Change your words … Change your world.

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As mentioned in my ‘About‘ page on this blog, the words

Read a book ….. learn about the world”

have forever been the mantra I’ve shared with students I’ve taught.  An additional mantra I’m often caught sharing with my students is:

The more you read ….. the more you’ll be able to write!”

I am convinced that as we read, we absorb not only the content and ideas of what we are reading, but that we subliminally soak up the richness of the language we read: it’s vocabulary and sentence structure.   In turn, this store is expressed and reflected in the quality of our written language.

As my interest in YA Literature has grown over the last few years, I am convinced that it is part and parcel of our role as Teacher Librarians to promote to our students this undeniable link between reading and writing.  As such, you will find that from time to time, I will highlight writing competitions I come across which are open for  our students’ participation.

The 2011 Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards competition opened on March 1st.

Aiming to capture the imagination of school age children and inspire them with a passion for both poetry and love of their country, this annual competition is open to all Australian school age children from Kinder to Year 12.  By supporting the legacy of Dorothea Mackellar and her legendary poem ‘My Country’ it is hoped that students enrolling in this year’s competition will aspire to express their thoughts creatively through the medium of poetry.

With the closing date set for June 30th, entries can be submitted online.   The 2011 judges are to be Joanne Horniman and Sally Murphy.

Check further details on the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards website:

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