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Arts Queensland Judith Wright Calanthe Prize for Poetry
Subcategory of Queensland Premier's Literary Awards
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The Arts Queensland Judith Wright Calanthe Award was awarded annually as part of the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards (1999-2011) for a book of collected poems or for a single poem of substantial length published in book form. (

The award is now named Queensland Literary Awards — Judith Wright Calanthe



  • The Judith Wright Calanthe Prize for Poetry ($15,000) was instigated in 1999 by Arts Queensland, 'Calanthe' being the name of the house at Mt Tambourine where Wright lived and wrote poetry. The award is presented annually for the best collection of poetry by an Australian author, published in the previous calendar year.

Latest Winners / Recipients

Year: 2011

winner y separately published work icon Starlight : 150 Poems John Tranter , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2010 Z1720630 2010 selected work poetry

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 The Striped World Emma Scully Jones , London : Faber , 2009 Z1584907 2009 selected work poetry (taught in 1 units)

Year: 2008

winner y separately published work icon Typewriter Music David Malouf , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2007 Z1367652 2007 selected work poetry

'David Malouf's brilliant collection of poems begins with a memory of new love - with 'grace unasked for, urgencies that boom under the pocket of a shirt' - and ends in the intimate territory of the long-familiar where there is no need for words. This volume is marked by an astonishing breadth of intelligence and erudition, yet steps lightly among the objects of our lives and the wonder of everyday replenishments. Everywhere the poems affirm the mystical delights of music, angels and fields where 'first to gather are the starlings in unquiet flocks. Then quietly, the stars'.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Year: 2007

winner y separately published work icon The Passenger Laurie Duggan , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2006 Z1275329 2006 selected work poetry