Coast girl wins national poetry prize with tale of tragedy

17 Mar

somersetBy Tariah Magri, Bond University Journalism Student

The tale of adolescent abandonment has won a 12 year- old Gold Coast girl first place in the Junior National Poetry Prize at the 2016 Somerset Celebration of Literature.

Year 8 Somerset College student Grace Curley wrote a poem titled ‘Nothing,’ which tells the story of a boy who becomes detached and unloved, concluding with the confronting outcome of self harm and suicide.

“The poem is about how kids feel like they’re being ignored and not cared about,” said Grace.

She said her passion for writing started in Grade 7.

“We had a writer’s club and we were doing poetry, and I had never done poetry before and so that made me actually start to do poetry and liking it,” Grace said.

With anywhere between 50 and 70 schools from all over Australia attending the prestigious event each year, it was with great pride that this student accepted her prize as the National Winner of the Junior Category Poetry Prize.

Somerset College Events Manager Andrea Lewis said the Somerset Celebration of Literature is celebrating their 23rd year as the largest youth literature festival in Australia.

“It is primarily authors that write for the youth and we bring them in from all over Australia and internationally,” Andrea said.

“We bring them to the festival, they do 45 minute sessions and school groups from all over Australia come and visit us and take their kids to see the authors.”

The festival ended last Friday.

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