Winning words: Rockingham Castaways Poetry Prize winners announced


The poem China Birds won this year’s Castaways Poetry prize.
Winning words: Rockingham Castaways Poetry Prize winners announced
The poem China Birds won this year’s Castaways Poetry prize.

THE winners of the 2017 Castaways Poetry Prize have been announced.

The poetry prize is inspired by the region’s most prestigious outdoor sculpture competition and exhibition.

Victorian poet Janeen Samuel was first prize winner with her poem China Birds, based on the 2016 artwork The Flock by Elizabeth Marpole and Jeannette Vernooij Dik. The winning poem will feature in the 2017 Castaways Sculpture Awards 10th Anniversary Catalogue.

The poetry competition attracted more than 100 entries from across Australia as well as overseas, giving this unique sculptural exhibition an international flavour and profile.

All poems were based on images of artworks from the 2016 Castaways Sculpture Awards available from the Castaways Web gallery on the City of Rockingham website.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the competition expanded the scope of the Castaways art exhibition.

“Many of the images are very striking,” he said.

“With a backdrop of sea and sky the sculptures create an interesting addition to the landscape, resulting in an inspiring gallery of images for the poets to draw from.”

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