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Kerry Loughrey wins Doris Leadbetter Poetry Cup

Kerry Loughrey wins Doris Leadbetter Poetry Cup

Amidst the red velvety warmth of the beautiful Trades Hall Bella Union Bar, this year’s Doris Leadbetter Poetry Cup went off. In a good way. Forty poets braved the microphone with their poems condensed into 60 seconds (a feat and a half!).

Ten of these made it through to round two to perform a two-minute poem, trying to woo the fabulous judges – Peter Bakowski, Claire Gaskin and Lisa Gorton – with rehearsed renditions of their original poems.

As poetic punches were thrown in the battle for the $2000 first prize (the super generous result of sponsorship from Ron Smooker and Pam Davison), a packed crowd cheered happily when the four winners were finally announced:

  • First place: Kerry Loughrey
  • Second place: Gavin Sanderson
  • Encouragement awards: Mel Hughes and Rochelle D’silva

The evening’s uncannily informed MC Michael Nolan – who peppered proceedings with more sexagesimal trivia than you could poke a stick (or sixty) at – ensured the night ran smoothly and with lots of giggles.

Writers Victoria congratulates all poets who competed – you’re all wonderful – and extends thanks to all involved in the running of such a successful event. In particular we are thrilled that Overload Poetry Festival partnered in the running of the event – we look forward to the partnership keeping on keeping on!

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