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Judith Wright Award for a Published Collection by an Australian Poet
Subcategory of Australian Capital Territory Poetry Prize
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  • Inaugurated in 2005.

Latest Winners / Recipients

Year: 2011

winner y separately published work icon You Can Get Only So Close on Google Earth Ann Shenfield , North Melbourne : Arcadia , 2010 Z1800112 2010 selected work poetry

'In this first collection, Ann Shenfield’s often tentatively articulated thoughts and anecdotes are realized as poems almost in spite of themselves. The little narratives build—and they are narratives rather than lyrical effusions—and they aggregate in effect, expanding to the reader’s attention as though heliotropes responding to the light!' – Kris Hemensley (Publication summary)

Year: 2010

winner y separately published work icon Apocrypha : Texts Collected and Translated by William O'Shaunessy Peter Boyle , Sydney : Vagabond Press , 2010 Z1719361 2010 selected work poetry

'In Apocrypha, Peter Boyle retrieves the luminous classical landscape that is the birthplace of Western civilisation and the Western psyche. Setting out to find the discarded or forbidden parts of this landscape, his search brings to light a forgotten but distinctly classical undercurrent of animism, of a piece, in its intellectual lucidity and precision, with classical science and philosophy. In the retrieved fragments of William O'Shaunessy's "translations", the outer world of poplars, ibis, windmills, commerce and political vagary interflows seamlessly with inner worlds of sorrow, anguish, love and loss to create a sparkling wholeness of meaning and matter that seems utterly lost to the West today. In a way that perhaps only a poet can, however, Boyle shows that this wholeness can be now, as it always was, our own.' - Freya Matthews

Source: Vagabond Press website,
Sighted: 24/08/2010

Year: 2009

winner y separately published work icon Aria Sarah Holland-Batt , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2008 Z1522089 2008 selected work poetry

Year: 2008

winner y separately published work icon Necessity : Poems 1996-2006 Barry Hill , West End : Soi 3 Modern Poets , 2007 Z1434658 2007 selected work poetry

Year: 2007

joint winner y separately published work icon Sea Wall and River Light Diane Fahey , Carlton : Five Islands Press , 2006 Z1334905 2006 selected work poetry Joint winner with S. K. Kelen for Earthly Delights
joint winner y separately published work icon Earthly Delights S. K. Kelen , Canberra : Pandanus Books , 2006 Z1275421 2006 selected work poetry Joint winner with Diane Fahey for Sea Wall and River Light.