Scottish bard Robbie Burns may have died more than 200 years
ago, but his tongue lives on in Dunedin.
The 2013 Robert Burns Poetry Competition drew a record number
of entries from poets aged 7 to 70. The winners were
The unpublished poet prize was won by Jane Kerr, with
Hearts Entwined, and the published poet section by
Debbie Williams for her poem Scrap o' truth, for a' that
... Life of Robert Burns.
The young poet contest was won by 15-year-old Joseph Corbett,
of Waikouaiti, with The Fower Pups of the Clan
Thistle. The judges were 2013 University of Otago Robert
Burns Fellow David Howard and Dunedin librarian Paul Veart.
''What I liked about the winning poems was their capacity to
bring joy into the world through words,'' Mr Howard said
''Burns also had that capacity in spades; or pints.''
The winning poems will be published in the Otago Daily
Times on January 24 and the poets presented with Dunedin
Burns Club medals when the bard's 254th birthday is marked on
January 25 at the Dunedin City Library.
The celebration includes the reading of the winning poems
from 12.30pm to 1.30pm on the library ground floor. Mr Howard
will also talk about his plans for the year as Robert Burns
Fellow. Entry is free.
Results were. -Published poet (Stan Kirkpatrick Medal): Scrap
o' truth, for a' that ... Life of Robert Burns, by Debbie
Williams, of Dunedin, 1; Kirkoswald (Cumbria), by David Pell
Goodwin, of Dunedin, 2; Spelling, by Sandra Sarala, of
Unpublished poet (Allan Millar medal and trophy): Hearts
Entwined, by Jane Kerr, of Dunedin, 1; Graceland, by John
Kelk, of Invercargill, 2; In Praise of Porridge, by Nicola
Thorstensen, of Dunedin, 3.
Young poet (Stan Forbes medal): The Fower Pups of the Clan
Thistle, by Joseph Corbett (15), of Waikouaiti, 1; My
Question, by Jenna McNaughton (12), of Dunedin, 2; Who tells
the Story Best?, by Magdalena Auer (7), of Dunedin, 3.