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Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Award

Dorothea Mackellar Memorial Society Multicultural NSW Poetry Award

The Dorothea Mackellar Memorial Society Multicultural NSW Poetry Award is awarded to a poet for a poem that promotes and contributes to Australia's multicultural society. The work needs to meet the following criteria:

  • celebrate the cultural and linguistic diversity of Australia
  • canvass issues arising from the Australian immigration and migrant settlement experience
  • address issues in one or more cross-cultural settings.

The winner receives a trophy and a prize of $500.

The award, which has been sponsored by Multicultural NSW since 2001, is open to all students enrolled in Australian education facilities.

For more information on the awards visit their website at www.dorothea.com.au or phone, fax or email on the contacts shown below.

Telephone: (02) 6742 1200
Fax: (02) 6742 1435
Email: dorotheamackellar@bigpond.com

Dorothea Mackellar

2014 winner: Naomi So - I Am A Refugee

What shall we tell you?
The ear piercing cries that went through our ears
Or the heart breaking bangs of gunshots in war.

What shall we tell you?
How we fled?
How we survived
Or why we fled?

What shall we tell you?
The anxious feeling of getting on a boat with no clue what you're doing or why you're doing it, Or when we were dragged on a boat drifting off to sea,
Clueless of what's coming
What shall we tell you?

Naomi So

2014 winner: Yash Goel – Being Nani

My Nani was born in India,
And now she lives in Australia.
I love my Nani,
Because she cares for me.
She has black hair and brown skin.
She is tall and very thin.
When my Nani wears a sari,
She looks very, very pretty.
Nani always wears a bindi on her forehead.
It is round and the colour red.
I like to wear the bindi for fun.
It makes me feel like I am an Indian.
My Nani cooks me Indian food.
Her cooking is very, very good.

Yash Goel