29 May 2003

Calling all young poets - Taronga Foundation Poetry Prize

‘Poetry is the music of the soul, and, above all, of great and feeling souls’ – Voltaire

The Taronga Foundation and Poetry Australia Foundation have banded together with bestselling Australian author Bradley Trevor Greive to launch the inaugural Taronga Foundation Poetry Prize – a chance for young people to get creative, get writing and get published.

The competition will bring together two themes that have been linked throughout history – poetry and nature – both are under threat, and both are passions of author Bradley Trevor Greive.

The competition will offer $5000 dollars in cash prizes – a pledge Bradley made when he won The Australian Book of the Year Award (2000) for The Blue Day Book. In addition to cash prizes, there will be $10,000 worth of books, passes to Australia’s premier zoos and eco-venues, certificates and trophies.

Entry forms will be available at schools and youth centres around Australia, and can be accessed electronically at www.tarongafoundation.com. The competition runs from the beginning of May to June 16. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Saturday 11th October at Taronga Zoo, Sydney. An anthology of winning and highly commended poems to be published by Random House Australia will also be launched on this day.

“Nature has always been one of the greatest inspirations for poetry. In fact, it is virtually impossible to appreciate the beauty and wonder of nature without a love of poetry.” Bradley Trevor Greive

For more information, please contact Penny Page at Random House Australia Tel: 02.8923.9831 Fax: 02.9954.1163 E-mail: ppage@randomhouse.com.au

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