The craft of creative writing came alive across the Manning Valley in this year’s Manning in Rhyme competition, with entrants captivating judges through a diverse range of themes.
From colourful stories of the outback and cloud-inspired imaginings, to emotive personal experiences and heartfelt expressions of love, budding poets across the region “demonstrated depth of talent and a love of language”, according to Danielle Old, Library Events Coordinator (Taree office).
Now in its fourth year, the Manning in Rhyme competition, presented by Manning Valley Libraries in partnership with Manning Valley Senior Citizen Association, attracted over 80 entries across three categories - all ages, children (12 years and under) and youth (13-24 years). Culminating in an exciting event at Taree library, winners were announced on Friday in front of a crowd of over 60 people.
“It’s fantastic to see people of all ages take part, and although we say it every year, the quality of the work submitted this year was the best we’ve seen”, Danielle said.
Poems were judged on storyline, use of language and originality of theme and rhyme, with winners in each category receiving a $100 cash prize.
Competition judges Ruth Crossman, local educator and literacy consultant, and Gill Goater, published Port Macquarie poet, also distributed four encouragement awards across the three categories, finding it difficult to narrow the field down to one single winner.
Winners were: Millicent Jones (all age), Mikaela Lauren Rawson (Youth) and Daniel Hall (children). Encouragement award winners were: Rae-lee Diamond (all age), Anakin Cooper (Youth), and Lauren Powell and James Archinal (children).
“Creative expression through poetry is a wonderful gift, so thankyou to everyone who participated for sharing this with us”, added Danielle.
To enjoy the winning poems, visit www.manningvalleylibraries.com.au or pop into Taree library where they will be on display until 30 September.
Image: Daniel Hall with Ruth Crossman