Coolbellup poet finalist pipped at literary post in Ethel Webb Bundell Awards


Privileged: Renee Pettitt-Schipp says her poem was in fine company.
Picture: Robin Kornet        www.communitypix.com.au   d455278
Privileged: Renee Pettitt-Schipp says her poem was in fine company. Picture: Robin Kornet        www.communitypix.com.au d455278

LOCAL poet Renee Pettitt-Schipp has narrowly missed out on a national award.

The Coolbellup resident and Beaconsfield Primary School teacher was a finalist in the Ethel Webb Bundell Literary Awards, 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 NSW, 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 the rich poetry scene is in Perth right now,” she said.

“All the shortlisted works were read and |the calibre of the |poems was clear and |inspiring.

“I felt privileged to have my poem up there in such fine company.”