Thornlie artist and writer Cairns claims second prize at The Society of Women Writer’s WA Bronze Quill Literary Competition

Lynne Cairns is the runner-up in the Bronze Quill Literary Competition.
Lynne Cairns is the runner-up in the Bronze Quill Literary Competition.

SHE was already a Black Swan Prize for Portraiture finalist and a published author and now Lynne Cairns is a recognised poet.

The Thornlie artist and writer was the runner-up in The Society of Women Writers WA’s Bronze Quill Literary Competition for her poem Muresk.

Cairns admitted she was surprised to finish second given she had not considered her poetry to be anything serious.

“I’ve written bits of poetry before, but this year I put them into a few competitions; I got one in Poetry d’amour this year and a poem in the Society’s anthology this year,” she said.

“One of the reasons over the years I’ve thought I was not seriously into poetry was because mine are normally quite short, so it was a pleasant surprise.”

Cairns said Muresk started to take shape after she attended the Society’s annual retreat in Northam.

“I went up and really loved it there, but just the particular sort of scene, early morning, cloudy, cockies flying around, I wrote this little poem about it and the judge liked it,” she said.

The writer said most of her written work was inspired by anything which caught her attention.

“Sometimes it’s just a comment somebody makes or something I read; quite often for poetry or short stories it’s a figure of speech, a common thing people say and it turns into something else,” she said.

“Some of it seems to just appear, my mother wrote poetry and she always reckoned it was her great grandmother who liked poetry sending her messages.”

You can read Muresk at

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