High praise for young writers
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.