A Marriage Proposal, Baguettes and Lichen: Winners in the ACU Poetry Prize – Hope 103.2

A Marriage Proposal, Baguettes and Lichen: Winners in the ACU Poetry Prize

Hear the winning entries in the 2017 ACU Poetry Prize in this Open House conversation with Professor Margot Hillel, one of the judges. 

By Stephen O'DohertyThursday 14 Sep 2017CultureReading Time: 2 minutes

Listen as Stephen O’Doherty discusses the winners of the 2017 ACU Poetry Prize with Professor Margot Hillel, one of the judges. This podcast includes the three winning entries. 

A re-imagined marriage proposal has taken out first prize in the annual Australian Catholic University Poetry Prize.

Canberra-based poet Geoff Page won the the $10,000 first prize the poem Charles S. Ryan to Alice E. Sumner. 

Charles Sumner was a surgeon in the Australian Military Forces, who proposed to his sweetheart in the 1880s. Little did either know that their marriage would have to survive the ‘war to end all wars’.

Second prize went to Lichen: 13 points by Lesley Lebkowicz. Third was On Botox, Bibles and Baguettes by Judy Keighran.


Above: Chief judge Professor Chris Wallace-Crabbe with prize winners Geoff Page, Lesley Lebkowicz and Judy Keighran. 

The ACU Poetry Prize is sponsored by the Office of the Vice-President led by Fr Anthony Casamento and aims to continues the tradition of the Catholic Church as a key patron of the arts.

“The Arts are integral to expression,” said Fr Casamento.

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“Early Christians, in particular, used symbols, iconography, music and creative language as a way of understanding and identifying their faith.”

“The process of artistic creation points to the transformative life that offers joy and hope. In the annual ACU Prize for Poetry, we also enjoy and appreciate the God-given talent of others.”

More than 330 poems were entered addressing this year’s theme of Joy and the winner was chosen from a shortlist of 33.

In this Open House podcast you will hear the three winning entries, as we speak with Professor Margot Hillel, a judge of the awards and Chair of the ACU Academic Board.