Winning is easy
TAKING an easy option has led Alstonville High School student Emma Hannam to winning a prestigious award.
Emma won the Secondary Senior Section of the national Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards with her piece titled Sudden Rain, which was one of 15,700 entries in the competition. She was one of only eight award winners.
Emma, 16, is in Year 11, but is studying HSC English this year.
She wrote the poem because she had to submit a major work as part of her studies ? and it seemed like the easiest option compared to an essay or speech.
"I've never tried to write a poem before, except for English, so I didn't expect to win," she said.
"I've always loved English and I love reading.
"And I've always loved to read poetry, so it's cool that I can write poetry."
She wrote Sudden Rain during the floods earlier this year.
The judges said the poem had plenty of 'energy and play', and were impressed by the poem's 'emotional feel, rhythm and depth'.