National awards honour WA poets
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.”