SYDNEY poet and author Mark Trennedick’s poem “The Horse” has won the Australian Catholic University’s 2016 ACU Poetry Prize, just pipping Canberra poet Lesley Lebkowicz’s “ Kenneth” at the post for the $7,000 first prize.
Lebkowicz took away $2,000 as second prize and NSW Central Coast poet Charlotte Clutterbuck’s “Visitation” won $1,000 as third prize, it has been announced at Australian Catholic University’s Melbourne Campus.
A celebrated poet and author, Tredinnick has produced award-winning work recognised both in Australia and abroad, taking out the 2011 Montreal International Poetry Prize and 2012 Cardiff International Poetry Prize, the 2011 Western Australian Premier’s Book Award (poetry) and 2010 Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards (nonfiction).
Sponsored by ACU’s Directorate of Identity and Mission, the 2016 competition entries followed the theme of ‘Loving Kindness’.
Director of Identity and Mission Fr Anthony Casamento said the calibre of entrants and quality of work was further proof of the prize’s growing reputation in the literary community.