Na­tional awards hon­our WA po­ets

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

LO­CAL poet Re­nee Pet­titt-Schipp has nar­rowly missed out on a na­tional award.

The Cool­bellup res­i­dent was a fi­nal­ist in the Ethel Webb Bun­dell Lit­er­ary Awards, af­ter be­ing nom­i­nated for her work What the rain said.

Her piece was about cli­mate change.

Pet­titt-Schipp missed out on first place to Mar­i­lyn Hum­bert, from New South Wales, but she did score a com­mended cer­tifi­cate.

“Eight out of the 11 short­listed po­ets were West Aus­tralian which, con­sid­er­ing the judg­ing was ‘blind’, speaks vol­umes about how rich the po­etry scene is in Perth right now,” she said.

“The cal­i­bre of the poems was clear and in­spir­ing. I felt priv­i­leged to have my poem up there in such fine com­pany.”

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