Ipswich Poetry Feast (Number 12) Launches with Breakfast at Henry Lawson Park, Walloon – 6.4.2014

THE entry period is now open for the Ipswich Poetry Feast with the launch of the competition today at Walloon’s Henry Lawson Bicentennial Park.  Ipswich Poetry Feast Committee Chairman Councillor David Pahlke said budding poets were invited to pen an entry for the 12th annual competition.  The launch event was combined with the annual Poets’ Breakfast.  Cr Pahlke said with the competition now underway, the Ipswich Poetry Feast committee wanted to encourage potential entrants to start work on their poetic entries now.
“There is just over 16 weeks to go until entries close on August 1 and we are hoping for a strong showing from poetry enthusiasts from throughout Ipswich, Australia and overseas,” he said.  “It does not matter where you live or what style of poetry you write. If you are interested in writing poetry we encourage you to take part in this year’s Ipswich Poetry Feast International Writing Competition.”  “This poetry competition is part of the annual Ipswich Poetry Feast which is
co-ordinated by Ipswich City Council and the community.  “Over the past 11 years, the competition has gone from strength to strength and has uncovered some wonderfully talented poets, both locally and throughout Australia.”  Cr Pahlke said many former entrants participated in the competition without fail each year.  “I’m sure many past entrants of the competition are getting ready to try their luck again and we want to encourage them to do so along with all interested amateur poets throughout Australia.”  Cr Pahlke said the Ipswich Poetry Feast was designed to encourage and reward excellence in poetry writing and council hoped to showcase a wide range of works from throughout Australia.  “This competition offers young and aspiring poets an opportunity to gain experience and skills in the art of poetry writing, showcase their work and talents and have their work published.”
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasalesaid it was fitting to once again launch the competition at Walloon as this was where the competition’s story began.  Cr Pisasale said the Ipswich Poetry Feast was established to celebrate the special connection which existed between the City of Ipswich and Australian literary legend Henry Lawson.  “As a young writer, Lawson was so captivated by the sad tale of two young girls who drowned in a waterhole at Walloon at the turn of the century that he immortalised their story in his 1891 poem The Babies of Walloon.  “We were excited and proud to learn about this poem by Henry Lawson a few years ago and it provided the springboard for the Ipswich Poetry Feast.  “It is a great honour to have had our city used as the basis for one of Lawson’s famed poems.”
Cr Pisasale said the Ipswich Poetry Feast writing competition had been strongly embraced by poetry writers and this enthusiasm looked set to continue this year.  “The Ipswich Poetry Feast is open to all and I encourage aspiring poets to take part as we would welcome your entry.”  Entries close at 5pm on August 1.  Entry is free to school-aged categories (aged five to 17-years-old) while entries for the open age categories cost $5 per entry.  A total of more than $5000 in prize money is on offer for the winners of the competition’s different age categories.  A mentorship worth $1050 and featuring 15 hours of tuition with a South-East Queensland poet will also be awarded to one successful Queensland entrant.  Registration forms can be accessed on the Poetry Feast website at www.ipswichpoetryfeast.com.auand entries also can be lodged online.

Inquiries to 3810 6758.

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