Mundaring Poetry Competition winner announced

Published on Friday, 11 November 2022 at 10:46:51 AM

Tracing patterns of family through the gardens tended lovingly by a poet’s ancestors has seen a Perth resident win the Shire of Mundaring and KSP Writers’ Centre poetry competition.

Samantha Boswell has won $300 in the Mundaring Poetry Competition 2022 for her poem Inter-generational Gardening.

Shire President James Martin congratulated the winner and thanked everyone who submitted a poem.

“Congratulations to Samantha for winning this year’s competition,” he said.

“The competition was rather competitive. It was fantastic to see that it attracted 50 entries from across Western Australia, with almost half of these from residents in the Shire of Mundaring.”

The judge for the competition, Caitlin Maling, said that the winning poem was a wonderful poem.

“Written in a distinctive style that edges towards a series of prose poems, each section traces a decades’ growth of family and garden,” she said.

“It is a poem of abundance, rich in diction and attentiveness.

“The poem celebrates as it eulogises those lost, reminds us that even as the season resolves there will be a renewing next spring.”

Now in its fifth year, the competition which was themed ‘new leaves unfurling’, also saw five entries highlighted as very strong, including one by last year’s winner, Roseanne Dingli, a poem entitled Ngoolyak.

Other very strong poems included Eight Years On by Claire Langford, Full Circle by Ian Reid, Clementines by Emma Jayne Wilson, and Synthesis by Scott Patrick Mitchell.

To read the winning poem please visit the Mundaring Poetry Competition page on the Shire’s website.

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