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poets for over 30 years.
Enjoy the opportunity to have your work published in the
Woorilla Poetry Collection of Poems
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Competition Opens | June 2023
Competition Closes | 1st October 2023
Awards Ceremony - Hybrid Event:
November 20 2022
Youth Sub - Category CALD
Louise Rockne Youth Section
Judith Rodriguez Open Section
Alicia Sometimes is a writer and broadcaster.
She has performed her spoken word and poetry at many venues, festivals and events around the world. She is director and co-writer of the science-poetry planetarium shows, Elemental and Particle/Wave. Her TedxUQ talk in 2019 was about combining art with science. In 2020 Alicia won the Bruce Dawe Poetry Prize.
In 2021 she completed the Boyd Garret residency for the City of Melbourne and a Virtual Writer in Residency for Manchester City of Literature and Manchester Literature Festival. She is currently a Science Gallery Melbourne ‘Leonardo’ (creative advisor).
Alicia is passionate about narrative and poetry, especially collaboration and expanding poetics into site-specific spaces.
She is always reading new work from poets and loves coming across lyrical or storytelling gems.
Kevin Brophy’s latest book is In This part of the World (Melbourne Poets Union 2020). His previous poetry collection, Look at the Lake (Puncher & Wattmann, 2018) was awarded the Wesley Michel Wright Prize for Poetry.
He is a past winner of the Calibre Prize for an outstanding essay. His poetry has appeared in many Best Australian Poems volumes and major national anthologies, including the recent Anthology of Australian Prose Poems (Melbourne University Press 2020) and the anthology of Australian and New Zealand poetry, The Language in My Tongue (FarFlung, 2021).
In 2015 he was writer-in-residence at the Australia Council’s B. R. Whiting Studio in Rome, and in 2019-20 at the Keesing Studio in Paris. From 1980 to 1994 he was a founding co-editor of Going Down Swinging. From 2007 until 2020 he was a managing editor at Five Islands Press.
He is patron of Melbourne Poets Union, and Emeritus Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne.
In 2021 he received an Order of Australia award (AM) for his services to education and creative writing.
Emilie Zoey Baker
Nathan Curnow is a poet, performer and past editor of Going Down Swinging. His work has featured widely in Australia and overseas for over twenty years, leading to a tour of Europe in 2018 where he opened the Heidelberg Literary Days Festival in Germany.
His books include The Ghost Poetry Project, RADAR, The Right Wrong Notes and The Apocalypse Awards. He has taught creative writing at Federation University and has won numerous prizes including the Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize, the Woorilla Poetry Prize, and in 2020, the Martha Richardson Poetry Prize.
He lives in Ballarat and is honoured to continue his association with the Woorilla.
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