Young poets on fire with Burns’ themes

First-prize winner in the Published Poets category, Kerry Lane, reads from Uisge. PHOTOS: GERARD...
First-prize winner in the Published Poets category, Kerry Lane, reads from Uisge. PHOTOS: GERARD O’BRIEN
Poems about feelings of longing and celebrating belonging were recited yesterday at the 19th annual prizegiving ceremony for the Robert Burns Poetry Competition, held at Dunedin City Library.

The competition attracted 63 entrants, whose poems reflected this year’s theme, "New Scotland".

William Ashton, winner of the Rap Like Robbie competition, reads from Different.
William Ashton, winner of the Rap Like Robbie competition, reads from Different.

Poets were asked to explore, in English or Scots, how Scottish culture has evolved and how it transforms when it comes into contact with other peoples.

The youth competition, Rap Like Robbie, was judged by Dunedin poet Jilly O’Brien and members of recently deceased poet Donna Young’s writers’ group. The competition for Published Poets and Unpublished Poets was judged by Robert Burns Fellow Becky Manawatu and the University of Otago’s Stuart Professor of Scottish Studies Liam McIlvanney.

First place for Rap Like Robbie went to William Ashton with his poem Different.

In the Unpublished Poets category, Tessa Crack won with Glimmerings.

The first prize for Published Poets went to Kerry Lane’s Uisge, which means "water" in Scottish Gaelic.

eric.trump@odt.co.nz

Add a Comment

 

Advertisement

Our journalists are your neighbours

We are the South's eyes and ears in crucial council meetings, at court hearings, on the sidelines of sporting events and on the frontline of breaking news.

As our region faces uncharted waters in the wake of a global pandemic, Otago Daily Times continues to bring you local stories that matter.

We employ local journalists and photographers to tell your stories, as other outlets cut local coverage in favour of stories told out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

You can help us continue to bring you local news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter