Arts Update 2008

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Emerging poets impress judges

The winners of Arts Queensland's Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize and Val Vallis Award were announced at a gala event celebrating the opening of the 2008 Queensland Poetry Festival.

Felicity Plunkett, of Wooloowin in Brisbane, won the $3000 Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize for an emerging Queensland poet with her collection, Vanishing Point, while Anna Krien from Brisbane suburb Bulimba won the $3000 Val Vallis Award for her poem, The Last Broadcaster.

The Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize also includes a publishing contract with UQP.

Brisbane residents Simon Patton from West End and Rosanna Licari from Annerley were both awarded Highly Commended honours in the Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize with Head Strong with An Absence of Saints respectively. 

Val Vallis Award Winner Anna, is a previous winner of the Australian Press Council Award, and also writes essays and works of fiction. She has been published in The Monthly, The Age, Griffith Review, Voiceworks, Going Down Swinging, COLORS, the program, Frankie and Dazed & Confused.

The Val Vallis second prize of $750 was awarded to Dan Disney of Victoria for his poem As Around Us The Days Go Darker, Darker and third prizeof $250 went to Roberta Lowing of New South Wales with Metropolis. Dan also received second prize in this award last year.

The Queensland Poetry Festival took place at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Brisbane from 22 - 24 August.


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