High praise for young writ­ers

Geraldton Guardian - - Front Page -

A wealth of young lit­er­ary tal­ent was on dis­play at the Ran­dolph Stow Young Writ­ers Awards held at Ger­ald­ton Gram­mar School last week.

The night was pep­pered with read­ings of award re­cip­i­ents’ orig­i­nal po­ems and prose and a per­for­mance of fa­mil­iar melodies by the Ger­ald­ton Gram­mar School’s sax­o­phone en­sem­ble Sax Ap­peal.

The awards, which be­gan in 1989, had close to 600 po­etry and prose en­tries from a range of Mid West stu­dents, which were nar­rowed down to 46 award re­cip­i­ents.

The awards, which hon­our award win­ning au­thor Ran­dolph Stow, were first in­tro­duced by former Ger­ald­ton Re­gional Li­brary em­ployee Pat Gal­la­her to en­cour­age cre­ative writ­ing among lo­cal schoolchil­dren and to recog­nise the role of the li­brary in English and lit­er­acy ed­u­ca­tion.

Pre­sen­ters at the awards night in­cluded sev­eral stand-ins for ab­sen­tees, in­clud­ing Alex Bun­ney on be­half of Mem­ber for Du­rack Melissa Price; Geoff Can­non on be­half of Dar­ren West and Lau­rie Gra­ham; Is­abelle Scott on be­half of Mem­ber for Ger­ald­ton Ian Blayney; and Coun­cil­lor Bob Hall on be­half of Mayor Shane van Styn.

Guest speaker and chil­dren’s book au­thor Jen Ban­yard com­mended the young writ­ers for com­plet­ing and shar­ing their works.

“It’s such a leap of faith to go to the trou­ble to back your­self and com­plete some­thing so it’s not just an idea, and then to go a step fur­ther and share it with oth­ers,” she said.

“Sto­ries en­rich our lives, keep our cre­ativ­ity boil­ing and our brains whirring.”

The re­cip­i­ents of the sec­ondary prose and po­etry awards will run in Fri­day’s edi­tion of the Ger­ald­ton Guardian.

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