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Congratulations to the winners

The place winners, and poets whose entries which were Highly Commended and Commended, were announced at Tom Collins House on Saturday, May 25, 2024 at 4pm Perth time. 

Poets, their friends and loved ones, plus members and volunteers from the Fellowship of Australian Writers WA gathered inside Tom Collins House or tuned in via Zoom to the event at Swanbourne on Saturday afternoon. 

It was a well attended and very enjoyable event. Thankyou to the poets who read their entries aloud.  

It was a particularly high standard of entries this year. 

Judge Lisa Collyer wrote in her report "It was a delight, and at times disturbing, reading poems from around the country on the pressing themes of our era, and the enduring themes of the human condition".

"There were distinct clusters of poems that dealt with family violence, motherhood, religion, global conflict, the rural landscape and love.

"At times, I felt the poems were speaking directly to me, thus demonstrating the skill of the poet to make the personal, universal."

To read the full report by judge Lisa Collyer, please click here. 

Pictured on the front verandah at Tom Collins House, Swanbourne on Saturday were from left Bron Bateman, Ross Belton, Jennifer Kornberger, Lisa Collyer, Shey Marque, and Alan Fyfe.
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