Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Award Winners

For Poetry Friday, I give you the Awards Presentation Ceremony for the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards, streamed from Gunnedah this morning. What a rich resource this is, for poetry lovers, educators and proud Aussies. I highly recommend it! As much as I would have loved to be in Gunnedah today for a live presentation ceremony, I cannot regret this fantastic video.

It was an honour and a privilege to be the Primary Judge for 2019/2020. And to see these young poets presenting their work so creatively and professionally.

Congratulations to all involved!

Carol Varsalona is hosting the Poetry Friday roundup at Thanks, Carol. 🙃

Have a fabulous weekend!


  1. Kat, what a significant role you played in you these young poetry winners’ lives. The intro to the video was splendid as I got to see sweeping photos of Australia. You must feel very honored as the judge of the primary awards. Your comments to the children were succinct and thoughtful and the poems delightful. I can see why you chose those pieces for the prestigious awards. I hope you send me one of your amazing image poems from a past summer to share at my gallery.

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  2. I watched through to your own video, Kat. What a fabulous award, exciting for you as judge, but an inspirational challenge for all those students. Having over 7,000 entries is amazing & that you & other judges read, enjoyed, & chose out of that number also is amazing. I’ll return when I have more time to watch the rest! Congratulations to you for being part of this & thanks for sharing, too! I loved seeing all the scenery, too!

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  3. What a wonderful celebration and a super opportunity for young poets! Your speech was wonderful — brimming with encouragement and your passion for poetry. I enjoyed hearing what some students wanted to share about poetry and especially loved the words of the student who said, “The poem understands me somehow.” Congratulations to everyone who participated!

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  4. Lovely to read all your responses to the ceremony. I have been enjoying Father’s Day with my dad (and mum and hubby) – so need to get caught up on the round-up! Molly – I too loved hearing those student reflections on poetry. Could relate to a number of them!


  5. Thanks for sharing this video, Kat! It is interesting to hear about the history of the award and about Dorothea herself. I like when award winning poet, Curtis, throws his tennis ball for the dog. His little hop/jump as he releases the ball is the pep we all feel when the right words come together into a poem. And the fact that his poem about a dog fetching a ball won, makes me smile. My pup Smidgey is smiling, too. She’s all about fetching the tennis ball – it’s the giving it back to her humans to throw again she hasn’t quite mastered 😉


  6. Kat, I’ve had a rough weekend…just getting to this recording now. I LOVE it! I’m delighted that we can participate in this celebration from far away. And, I haven’t gotten to the poems yet. I’m so proud of the poets and those that have kept poetry alive in Australia. This video and the prize is such a jewel. What a special experience for you to be part of it. Thank you so very much for sharing.


  7. Brava Kat for a fantastic job all around! I’m impressed you were able to read through so many poems and find the shiny award winning poems. What a grand celebration too, hearing your intro, the students poems and then your response–and what an honor for these students to have that. Thanks for sharing, it’s quite a treasure, from the short succinct poems like “Cherry blossoms” to the longer darker poems.


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