Shelley Hansen - Lady of Lines

Latest News 2018

December 2018

My foray into the adventure of short story writing has yielded another pleasing result, with my story The Little Colonel being commended in the memoir category of Melbourne's Scribes Writers "Short Takes" Literary Award for 2018. This story concerns a rather eccentric school teacher for whom I cherish fond memories.

Next month marks the commencement of the seventh year of my free electronic poetry newsletter eLines. It is an easy-to-read one page collection of informative and interesting content about Australian poetry. If you would like this delivered confidentially to your email inbox, please use the Contact Me page to request it.

November 2018

Rod and I just had the pleasure of performing for the sixth year in a row at the annual Heritage Shipping and Immigration Festival here in Maryborough. Descendants of the passengers on four ships which arrived in 1878 travelled from far away to celebrate the arrival of their ancestors.

This month I gained third prize in the Nandewar Written Bush Poetry Competition with a poem which has always been special to me – Flying Doctor. In the Toolangi CJ Dennis Written Competition I received first place for my short story Opening Night – a departure from verse and an exciting new adventure! Last but not least – imagine my surprise to win the Kenilworth Arts Fest Open Poetry Competition with my free verse A Day in the Life – a poem with no rhyme in sight, and quite out of my comfort zone!! For something completely differen
t, it is November's Poem of the Month

October 2018

What a thrill! My poem My Name's Doreen inspired by CJ Dennis, which won the 2017 Marian Mayne Trophy, has been included in the 2018 Edition of Award Winning Australian Writing, published by Melbourne Books. See their website here for more details:

During the past month I've enjoyed attending a seminar for local writers, titled Lines in the Sand, sponsored by our local Council and Libraries and University of the Sunshine Coast. The presentations and workshops dealt with effective writing techniques, interspersed with stories of the past and present. Just the thing to inspire poetry!

September 2018

I'm sure most of us have at some time been touched by the tragedy of suicide. It is always infinitely sad when a fellow human reaches such a devastating point of no return. We wonder - could anything have been done? My poem Jack My Friend contains fictitious characters, but is loosely based on personal experiences of friends lost in this way. It has just been awarded first place in the 2018 Sutherland Shire Literary Competition for traditional rhyming verse and can be read here: Jack, My Friend

August 2018

The iconic Bronze Swagman Award for written bush poetry is awarded annually - and is a prize that most bush poets aspire to win. I'm very happy that this year I have received second prize for my poem The Storyteller. I believe this poem sums up my bush poetry adventure and my endeavours to tell and re-tell the wonderful stories that make up the fabric of Australia.

Also this month I've won my first major prize for short-story writing - which is a field I've only recently begun to explore. My memoir The Music Teacher won the Alan Russell award in the Eastwood/Hills Fellowship of Australian Writers 2018 Literary Competition.

In late 2017 I won the CJ Dennis Marian Mayne trophy for the second year running, for my Dennis-inspired poem My Name's Doreen. Imagine my delight to hear that this poem has just been selected for publication by Melbourne Books for their annual anthology Award Winning Australian Writing. This is a real honour as they select only a small number of works from around Australia across all genres.

July 2018

In the NSW Henry Lawson Society (Gulgong) annual literary awards, I'm very pleased to have won second prize in the humorous category and commended overall for my poem "Channel" No. 5. Read it here "Channel" No. 5.

Also, I'm delighted that the Hinkler Hall of Aviation has endorsed my poem about Bundaberg's pioneer aviator. It is 85 years since the wreckage of Bert Hin
kler's plane was discovered in the Italian Alps – bringing to an end the stellar career of a grand adventurer. Read my poem here in "People of the Past" – Bert Hinkler.

June 2018

My website Poem of the Month for June is Who Will Save the Albatross. Built for flying with a 2.5 metre wingspan, Australia's shy albatross spends much of its life in the air over the southern ocean, returning to land only to nest on the islands off Tasmania's windswept coast. Sadly, due to feral predators, longline fishing hooks and disease, its numbers are diminishing, putting at risk the survival of this magnificent bird. We were privileged to observe a shy albatross in flight on a boat trip from Bruny Island several years ago. The thought of losing it to extinction is heartbreaking.

May 2018

If you are travelling through Tambo in Western Queensland this coming winter, you may well see a costumed poetry presentation involving the famous tale of cattle rustler Harry Redford "Captain Starlight". I had the privilege of writing this presentation for the owner of the Royal Carrangarra Hotel in Tambo - and it is a combination of narrative, my original poetry, plus classic and modern poems featuring aspects of Tambo on the Barcoo River.

I was also delighted to have my poem The Jumbuck Drama Club highly commended as first runner up in the Oracles of the Bush written bush poetry competition in Tenterfield - in the themed section "Quiet Achievers".

April 2018

ABC Local Radio Wide Bay 100.1 FM have resumed their weekly poetry spot. For the 7th consecutive year Rod and I will be featured again, along with a growing group of regional poets. The sessions are pre-recorded, so we never know in advance which poet will feature each week. It's just a matter of tuning in at 7:35 am on Saturday mornings and being surprised!

March 2018

I'm delighted to have received two prizes in the Western Australian Boyup Brook written bush poetry competition - for short bush poems up to 40 lines. It's great to see small competitions run by volunteers and promoting the craft of bush poetry - as well as giving writers an opportunity for recognition.

February 2018

Just announced - I've been awarded third prize plus a commended certificate in the 2018 Blackened Billy Written Bush Poetry Award, held in conjunction with the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Check out my new website section In the Footsteps of CJ Dennis which features poems I've written, inspired by the work of this fabulous writer.

January 2018

month begins the sixth year of the publication of eLines, my electronic one-page poetry newsletter. The 2018 editions will feature new subjects, along with plenty of Aussie poetry as always. Would you like to subscribe? It can be delivered confidentially to your email address each month, entirely free of charge, with no unsolicited marketing emails attached. Use the Contact Me form on this website to join the mailing list.

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