Something you may have missed: don't miss it next year! The annual ZUM Cafe reading by year 11/year 12 students at colleges around Hobart. For my sins, I was the judge of the poetry section this year, and have never worked so hard in my life. Four hours solid of listening to incredibly vibrant, strong, full-on, undiluted, beautiful, scary poems by incredibly vibrant, strong, full-on, undiluted, beautiful, scary YOUTH. The teachers of our Matric colleges deserve congratulations for producing so many young poets, may they FLOURISH. Am still buzzing. Mindyou I nearly had a nervous breakdown from trying to judge the poems ...
1st prize: Scott Edwards ("All I wanted" -- after Geoff Goodfellow)
2nd prize: Lauren Cooke ("My brother the animal")
3rd prize: Marnie McNiell ("Dear You")
Very Highly Commended: Kate Lucas ("Counting for You")
Highly commended: twelve poets
and congrats to everyone for participating.