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XYZ Spoken Word Prize – I won Best Qld Entry!

So proud to have won Best Qld Entry in the 2019 Arts Queensland XYZ Prize for Innovation in Spoken Word for my poem ‘Hussshhh’, alongside first place winner and awesome poet Fable Goldsmith. Have a listen/read of the winning entries on the Melbourne Spoken Word website!

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Shout out to 4ZZZ radio for years of audio and voice training because otherwise I don’t think I could’ve pulled off all the weird sound effects and echos!

Queensland Poetry awards are open!

The Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize for an unpublished manuscript is in its 15th year! The award includes prize money of $2,000 and a publishing contract with University of Queensland Press (UQP). I was last year’s winner and it’s been wonderful and life changing! Enter your manuscript so I can pass along the Shapcott Prize baton! 😘💖

*** Visit the Queensland Poetry Festival (QPF) website for more info ***

Super deep words I said from the QPF piece above: “Winning the 2017 Thomas Shapcott prize has given a new life and sense of freedom to my writing practice. My voice as a non-binary person is very often silenced, so to win such a major award has given me the confidence to push myself further and to embrace my voice as a marginalised poet.”

All four Queensland Poetry awards are now open for your excellent entries, including the Arts Queensland supported Thomas Shapcott, Val Vallis & XYZ Awards, along with the ekphrasis prize supported by Philip Bacon Galleries

*** Once more with feeling: visit the QPF website for more info ***

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Pic of me being a happy poetry dork, winning the Shapcott at QPF 2017. This could be you!