Shelley Hansen - Lady of Lines

News Archive - 2017

December 2017

What a wonderful way to wrap up the year! Results are in for the Australian Written Bush Poetry Championships and I am delighted that I've won first prize in the humorous section with my poem Buy-Swap-Sell. It is a tongue-in-cheek look at the modern phenomenon of online selling sites and it may be read as December's Poem of the Month

November 2017

We have just returned from a holiday in Victoria, which included the annual CJ Dennis Poetry Festival, held at the beautiful Singing Gardens at Toolangi – the property once owned by Dennis. We enjoyed fine performances of Dennis' poetry collections Doreen and The Glugs of Gosh, both published 100 years ago. I was absolutely thrilled to win the Marian Mayne trophy for open written poetry for the second year in a row, along with a third prize in the short story competition. My winning poem My Name's Doreen tells some of the story of The Sentimental Bloke from Doreen's point of view. You can read it in my brand new website section In the Footsteps of CJ Dennis here: My Name's Doreen

I have also just heard that I've won first prize in the West Wyalong "Pals of the Pen" written bush poetry competition, which carried the theme of "Country Australia". My poem A Red Dirt Road to Nowhere is a traditional one, paying tribute to two very different cultures. Watch this space as it will be featured in in the months to come.

October 2017

I'm absolutel
y delighted to have received a prize in each of the three sections of the bi-ennial National Henry Lawson Society Award for written poetry and prose. I received third prize in the traditional bush poetry section, plus two highly commended awards - one for short story, and one for free verse.

I have also won first prize in the open written poetry competition associated with the 2017 Kenilworth Arts Festival, Queensland. My winning poem Facets of Freedom is a sobering one, with a global rather than Australian focus, and may be read as part of my collection of prize winning poems here Facets of Freedom

September 2017

I?m delighted that my range of poetry merchandise is now being stocked locally by Something from Mary Gift Gallery which is located in Woodstock House, 329 Kent Street, Maryborough. Facebook link: This store features work by local writers, artists and craftspeople and is proving very popular with locals and tourists alike.

My merchandise includes Lady of Lines, my 90 page book of original poems, my professionally-recorded CD titled An Australian Journey, plus individual poems in presentation card form, and bookmarks featuring excepts from my website poems.

I am also happy to be joining with Jackalina Designs in a range of merchandise with a Queenslander theme. Featuring graphic design and poetry, these products celebrate a tradition for which Maryborough is famous – the old Queenslander house with its high-set timber construction and wide verandahs. Items will initially include bookmarks, frameable poems and shopping bags.

Visit the Catalogue page for merchandise details and use the Contact Me form to arrange payment options.

August 2017

The past month has brought two very different poetry experiences - one an informal campfire concert at the beautiful Lake Redbrook Holiday Retreat at Farnsfield, near Childers, Queensland, where an appreciative audience enjoyed bush poetry followed by an excellent camp dinner in delightful surroundings.

Then Rod and I had the privilege of performing our original heritage-themed poetry in period costume at the 140th anniversary of the arrival of immigrant ships to the Port of Maryborough, Queensland.

July 2017

A recent written poetry competition judge's report recommended that novice poets begin by writing sonnets to learn the basics of rhyme and metre, because sonnets are easy to write. While I agree about the rhyme and metre - I beg to differ on one point. Sonnets may be just fourteen lines long, but I believe they are one of the most difficult poetry forms to master, and it took me many years to achieve something I was happy with. Therefore I was delighted to learn that my Sonnet at the Crossroads was recently selected for publication in an international poetry anthology.

June 2017

The past month has featured activity on the home front - as I recited my original poem commissioned to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the Maryborough Base Hospital, by re-creating the atmosphere of the hospital opening - a landmark day in our city - 20 May 1887. I sourced my information from newspaper reports of the day, and you can view a video of my recital on the Fraser Coast Chronicle website here:

May 2017

I have received two highly commended awards for written poetry - one in the humorous section of the Victorian Bush Poetry Championships, and the other in an open poetry competition associated with the Jugiong Writers Festival. While both awards are very welcome, it is particularly pleasing to receive commendation for bush poetry in an open competition. So often our traditional Australian verse is overlooked in open competitions in favour of free verse - and while both genres are equally creative and artistic, it can't be denied that Australia's poetry heritage is based on our traditional rhyming verse, which is still being continued today by many writers throughout the country. Therefore this award is much appreciated.

April 2017

First prize for written humorous poetry at the 2017 Dunedoo Poetry Competition! I find humorous poetry is more challenging to write thank serious verse, and my style tends to be satirical rather than "laugh-out-loud", so to have one of my light-hearted efforts recognised is a real buzz! My winning poem Lost for Words is a celebration of our Australian vernacular, and you may read it here Lost for Words!

March 2017

To start the month I was commissioned to write a poem commemorating the centenary of Urangan Pier, Hervey Bay, Queensland - and to recite it on ABC Local Radio live broadcast from the celebrations. My poem Memories of the Pier recalled my own childhood experiences at this iconic location.

I have recently achieved two successes in international poetry competitions - namely 10th place in the 2017 Rabindranath Tagore Award for Short English Poetry, and having my poetry selected for publication in an international anthology "Creative Corner - Crafting Emotion".

To round it off, my poem The Jumbuck Drama Club was highly commended in the 2017 Boyup Brook Poetry Award held in Western Australia.

February 2017

ne of my poems A Red Dirt Road to Nowhere was recently highly commended in the 2017 Kembla Flame Written Bush Poetry Competition. This marks the start of the competition year, and it is my hope that Australian Bush Poetry competitions - both written and performance - will continue to showcase the best of this uniquely Australian craft.

January 2017

This month marks the start of the 5th year of publication for my electronic poetry newsletter eLines. In a new and fresh format, it will feature examples of fine short poems from Australian authors, origins of some of our iconic words and phrases, and a monthly "point to ponder" - plus of course, my latest news. It is an easy-to-read, one-page poetry sampler which comes direct to your email inbox free of charge every month. Subscribe here: Contact Me

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