Celebrating the next generation of Aussie poets

Media Release
  • Minister for Education

The talented young winners of Australia’s longest-running annual nationwide poetry competition for school children were announced in Gunnedah today.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan praised the quality of the entrants in this year’s Dorothea Mackellar awards, with almost 7,000 poems entered from students around Australia.

The 2019 winners are:

Category

Name

Age

School

State

Lower primary

Lincoln Cecil

7

Rowena Public School

NSW

Upper primary

Sanu Kariyawasam

12

Seymour College

SA

Assisted learning primary

Felix Liu

12

Redeemer Baptist School

NSW

David Maher award

Lachlan Spence

11

Booligal Public School

NSW

Junior secondary

Janiru Liyanage

14

Baulkham Hills High School

NSW

Senior secondary

Amelia Neylon

16

The Friends’ School

TAS

Assisted learning secondary

Han Zheng

15

Redeemer Baptist School

NSW

"Dorothea Mackellar is one of our best-known bush poets and most Australians would recognise the words from her famous poem My Country: ‘I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains, Of ragged mountain ranges, Of droughts and flooding rains’," Mr Tehan said.

"Writing poetry challenges our creativity and literacy skills, and this competition honours Australia’s proud history of bush poets.

"Our Government is helping inspire a love of poetry in our students by providing $150,000 to run this competition. Now in its 35th year, the competition fosters creativity and imagination. Everyone who took part should be proud of their efforts. Year after year the calibre of young poets around the country continues to impress."

Visit www.dorothea.com.au for more information and a list of the 2019 winners and finalists.

 

 

 

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