Shelley Hansen - Lady of Lines

News Archive - 2016

December 2016

With the poetry year drawing to a close, I am very happy to have received a highly commended award in the serious section of the West Australian written poetry championship, together with a commended award in the humorous section. The same humorous poem I Bought a Jeep has also been published in the 2016 Bronze Swagman book of bush verse.

November 2016

What a wonderful month it has been - with success in three separate written poetry competitions -

  • Toolangi CJ Dennis Written Poetry Competition - 1st prize and Marian Mayne trophy (open section) - Golden Wedding, plus 2nd prize (themed section) - Blarst the Flamin' War, plus 2nd prize (adults writing for children - judged by children) - My Teddy and I.
  • Ipswich Feast International Written Poetry Award - 2nd prize (open bush poetry section) - Weapon of Words
  • Inaugural Betty Olle Written Poetry Award - 2nd prize - Accordin' ter Rose
October 2016

Some exciting news to begin the month of October - I am thrilled to announce that two of my children's poems have been selected for inclusion in an international children's book of verse titled Let Them Recite, to be published by XPress Publications of India.

I have just won first prize in the humorous section of the NSW Written Bush Poetry Championships (in conjunction with the 2016 Binalong Poetry Prize), with my tongue-in-cheek verse about health remedies, Elixir of Life.

September 2016

Rod and I had the privilege of launching Book Week at the Torbanlea State School with two presentations to students, featuring classical and original bush poetry. The kids were a delight, and received our poetry with enthusiasm and appreciation.

What a delight it was to be presented with first prize in the "Wild and Wonderful Australia" themed section of the 2016 Copper Croc Award for written bush poetry! This annual competition is organised by acclaimed writer and performer Glenny Palmer in memory of her partner, the late John "Croc" Moss. You may read my winning poem Rich Beyond All Measure in the Prize-Winning Poems section of this website.

August 2016

It was a pleasure to again perform campfire bush poetry at the beautiful Lake Redbrook Holiday Retreat ( at Farnsfield via Childers - on the weekend of the annual Childers multi-cultural festival in July.

I was recently commissioned to write a poem commemorating the 110 years of Maryborough's iconic department store Stuparts Ltd (1871-1981).

July 2016

The first weekend of July saw the successful staging of the 21st annual Bundy Poetry Muster in Bundaberg, Queensland. I was very happy to pick up a 3rd prize in the original performance section, together with a highly commended plus runner-up in the prestigious Bush Lantern award for written bush poetry. I won the Bush Lantern last year, so to feature so highly two years in a row was a real thrill.

June 2016

It was a pleasure to be involved again in this year's sesqui-centennial celebration of immigration to the Port of Maryborough, Queensland - commemorating the arrival of 5 ships. Rod and I were appropriately attired in period dress of the 1860s as we performed our heritage-themed poetry. Check us out in the Photo Gallery.

May 2016

The New South Wales town of Tenterfield plays host to an annual bush poetry event known as Oracles of the Bush. A written bush poetry competition is held in conjunction with this festival, and this year I was delighted to receive Highly Commended Awards in both the humorous category and the serious themed category "Down Memory Lane".

April 2016

Three written poetry awards have come my way in the last month. Firstly, I received a Highly Commended in the Western Australian Boyup Brook Written Bush Poetry Award and subsequently, Second Prize in the New South Wales Dunedoo Written Bush Poetry Award.

Last but not least, I was awarded 5th place in the prestigious annual international Rabindranath Tagore Award for short English poetry - based in India. My recognition in this same competition last year led to the publication of my book Lady of Lines - which is available for purchase via the Catalogue page of this website.

March 2016

For the fifth consecutive year I am broadcasting my poetry on ABC Local Radio Wide Bay - Queensland Australia - in Saturday Breakfast with Rick Whittle. This year I am joined by my husband Rod as we present our unique poetry duets. We share the Saturday spot with other talented local poets - so tune in every Saturday at 7:35 am to hear our region's poetic talent on display! If you are in the area covered by the broadcast, it is 100.1 FM.

February 2016

The year has started well for me, with two Highly Commended Awards in the Blackened Billy Written Bush Verse Competition, which is held in conjunction with the annual Tamworth Country Music Awards.

January 2016

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