Queensland Poetry Awards & Opening Night

Queensland Poetry Awards & Opening Night

It’s poetry’s night of nights! Join us as we announce and congratulate the winners of the 2019 Arts Queensland Poetry Awards. These exciting awards support new literary voices, offering poets across Australia the chance to present new works and build their profile, with cash prizes and industry support for the winners.

Join us as we unveil the 2019 prize-winners of the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott, Val Vallis and XYZ Poetry Awards along with the Philip Bacon Ekphrasis Awards and Australia’s only open-age Indigenous poetry award, the Ooodgeroo Noonuccal Poetry Prize.

Featuring a keynote address from New Zealand’s Poet Laureate Selina Tusitala-Marsh.

This event will be Auslan interpreted.


🎉 Then it’s a Festival Fever party! Kick off four unforgettable days with all your favourite poets and a glass of bubbly. Get in the festival spirit with live tunes and interactive poetry installations.



Judith Wright Centre Performance Space and Foyer

Poetry awards presentation: 6pm–8pm

Festival Fever After Party: 8pm–10pm


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Date(s) - August 22, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts