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Friday, August 26, 2016
New Zealand’s poets of the future celebrated in National Schools Poetry Award
A North Shore student
is the 2016 winner of the International Institute of Modern Letters’ National
Schools Poetry Award, which coincides with National Poetry Day.
Ioana Yule Manoa, a year
12 student of Northcote College in Auckland, won first place with her poem
‘History’. Judged by 2016 Creative NZ/Victoria University of Wellington Writer
in Residence Anne Kennedy, the award has a prize of $500 and the opportunity to
attend a poetry masterclass with Ms Kennedy and fellow poet James Brown at the
IIML, home of Victoria University’s prestigious creative writing programme.
Ioana’s school library receives a $500 book grant. The nine other gifted young
poets who were shortlisted in the awards will also attend the masterclass.
Ioana says finding out
that her poem had won was an amazing feeling.
“I’m really excited that
my work will be published and shared throughout New Zealand. I’m looking
forward to the masterclass where I’ll have the opportunity to meet Anne
Kennedy, as well as the other finalists.”
Ms Kennedy says she
found Ioana’s poem the most ambitious in the group.
fresh and new, while also placing itself among other poetry with its reference
to Tomaš Šalamun’s poem of the same name. It’s audacious but also humble. It’s
saying: ‘I don’t know everything about poetry, I’ve learned from a master, and
this is my version; but my version really is mine.’ After many readings, Ioana
Yule Manoa’s poem still excites and surprises me, it hums in my ear, and in the
end, it moves me.”
The nine shortlisted
poets are: Jamie McKenzie, St Hilda’s Collegiate; Anh Tang, Wellington East
Girls’ College; Caleb Morgan, St Andrew’s College; Nina Richardson, Samuel
Marsden Collegiate School; Zhouai Wang, St Cuthbert’s College; Eva Poland,
Wellington High School; Lily Van Buskirk, Columba College; Kassandra Wang, St
Cuthbert’s College; and Mira Karunanidhi, Queen Margaret’s College.
All shortlisted students
receive an additional package of literary prizes provided by the New Zealand
Book Council, Victoria University Press, Sport, Landfall, and the New
Zealand Society of Authors, as well as $100. Flights and accommodation costs
are covered for students outside of Wellington to attend the masterclass at the
The 2016 National
Schools Poetry Award is organised by the IIML with the support of Creative New
Zealand and advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather, with promotional support
from Phantom Billstickers and Wonderlab.