Burnie High School

Hail Goodfellow, Tasmanian students well-read

PRIZED POET:  Geoff Goodfellow, with 2nd place winner Areej Hassen and Daniel Howard from the Tasmanian Association for the Teaching of English. Picture:  Grace Goodfellow.

Three girls have emerged as the winners of the inaugural Geoff Goodfellow Competition for Free Verse Poetry.  

Held for first time last year, the competition was an initiative of the Tasmanian Association for the Teaching of English (TATE).  Entries closed in December.

Tasmanian high school students in Grades 9 and 10 were invited to enter free verse poetry with a social justice theme. 

A total of 43 entries were submitted by 25 young poets.  Ten schools were represented and support was provided by 15 teachers. 

"Topics and themes addressed by entrants included homophobia, racism, domestic violence, refugees, poverty and mental illness," TATE secretary Daniel Howard said. 

The entries were judged by poet Geoff Goodfellow and an awards ceremony was held at the Hobart Bookshop during Goodfellow's annual visit to Tasmanian high schools and colleges last month.

The winner and placegetters read their work to an audience of about 40 people. 

Winners: Freya Cox, The Friends' School, for Dyeing; 2nd: Areeji Hassan, Burnie High School, for Not funny any more; 3rd: Samantha Burr, Montrose Bay High School, for We need to change, society needs to change; Honourable Mention: Areej Hassan, Plea of a Muslim immigrant. 

Mr Howard said TATE intended to run the competition again this year. 

Story courtesy of The Mercury.