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Results - Toolangi C. J. Dennis 2017

Posted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:54 am
by Stephen Whiteside
Results - Toolangi C. J. Dennis Poetry Competition 2017

Open Poetry Award

First - "My Name's Doreen" (Shelley Hansen)
Second - "The Busker and the Bikies" (Will Moody)
Third - "The Gravedigger" (Will Moody)

Open Short Story Award

First - "Constable Og and the Bits and Bobs" (David Campbell)
Second - "Dear Mar" (Jan Williams)
Third - "The Piano Player" (Shelley Hansen)
Honourable Mention - "Our Singing Garden" (Ruth Aldridge)

Adults Writing for Children (adult judging)

First - "The Fart from Outer Space" (Stephen Whiteside)
Second - "The Kids that Rescued Easter" (Jackie Hosking)
Third - "The Fart from Snowy River" (Stephen Whiteside)
Fourth - "The Glogs of Gush" (David Campbell)
Highly Commended - "Grandpa's Farm" (Jenny Erlanger)
Highly Commended - "Bush Tucker" (Jenny Erlanger)

Adults Writing for Children (as judged by children)

First - "The Fart from Snowy River" Stephen Whiteside)
Second - "Lemonade Waterfall" (Michael Williams)
Third - "The Kids that Rescued Easter" (Jackie Hosking)

Poems by Students in Primary School

First - "Bushranger's Delight" (Max Bryant)
Second - "Water from the Rain" (Megan Vo)
Third - "The Land Down Under" (Jun Bok)
Highly Commended - "How Gold Changed Australia" (Micah Foreman)
Highly Commended - "Falling" (Daria Day)

Poems by Students in Secondary School

Honourable Mention - "Spring is Here" (Taylah - Williams-Benjamin)

Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to all those who entered.

Thanks also to the judges: David Campbell (Open Poetry), Daan Spijer (Open Short Story, Students' Poetry), Barry Carozzi (Adults Writing for Children - adult judging), students of Millgrove Primary School (Adults Writing for Children - as judged by children)

The festival booklet, containing all the winning poems, together with judges' comments, can be purchased for $10 by writing to:

Jan Williams
"The Singing Gardens"
1694 Healesville-Kinglake Road
Vic. 3777

(PH: 0359629282)

Re: Results - Toolangi C. J. Dennis 2017

Posted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:47 pm
by Brenda Joy
This preliminary report from Toolangi comes from Jim Brown of the CJ Dennis Society...

"The C.J. Dennis went very well and seems to have been enjoyed by all who attended. Despite some modifications because of the weather, the feedback has been heartwarming.
Highlights-The “Glugs of Gosh” concert was a unique and unforgettable cultural event,
The standard of the winning poetry entries was superb.
The bush poets breakfast and open mike sessions were great.
The poetry books produced by Daan Spijer are high quality and would be a great asset to anyone’s poetry collection. They are available for $10 each plus postage, but all this and more will be explained with a fuller summary of the event soon.
Bear with us- we need time to recover.
In the meantime, here (see our ABPA Facebook Page) is a photo of Shelley Hansen who took out the third 'Marian Mayne Trophy' for the second time, and the first winner of the trophy, David Campbell who was the judge for 2017.”
Congratulations to all.
Brenda Joy and Hal

Re: Results - Toolangi C. J. Dennis 2017

Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 2:37 pm
by Terry
Congratulations all round,

Shelley, Davis, Stephen, Will and anyone I might have missed.

Cheers and well done all.


Re: Results - Toolangi C. J. Dennis 2017

Posted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 5:20 pm
by Shelley
Thank you Terry, and Stephen also for the report. We've now arrived home from our Victorian holiday - back in sunny, hot Queensland!

It was such an unexpected thrill for me to win the Marian Mayne trophy for the second year running. David - thank you so much for bestowing this award on me. I will send my poem My Name's Doreen through to Brenda for the website in the next couple of days. I wrote it to celebrate the 100th anniversary of CJ Dennis' collection Doreen, and it tells some of the story of The Sentimental Bloke from her perspective.

Congratulations to all of the other successful poets - hearing the winning entries read out was such a delight.

Thank you also to Daan Spijer for awarding me 3rd prize in the short story - another unexpected delight!

What a rare privilege it was to hear Ruth Aldridge recite the complete Doreen collection, followed by an outstanding and quirky costumed performance (in character) of The Glugs of Gosh by members of the CJD Society. Fun, frivolity and fabulous poetry in the most beautiful surroundings of The Singing Garden, enjoying fine food prepared by Jan Williams and her team - who could ask for more?


Re: Results - Toolangi C. J. Dennis 2017

Posted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:39 am
by vwalla
Congratulations Shelley and Congrats to organisers of this popular weekend. Sounds like it was great again.
Makes me jealous and sad that we were unable to attend.
Ted and Val Wallace

Re: Results - Toolangi C. J. Dennis 2017

Posted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:06 am
by Shelley
Thanks so much Val. We missed you!

Re: Results - Toolangi C. J. Dennis 2017

Posted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 12:46 pm
by Stephen Whiteside
Thank you Terry, Shelley, and Val, and congratulations, Shelley, for winning the Marian Mayne Prize for the second year in a row!