A little girl not lost for words
By EMMA CORNFORD
A STUNNING written portrait of the Clarence River has helped Grafton Public School student Samara Flynn take home the national Dorothea Mackellar poetry prize.
The Year Six student said it only took her 'about half-an-hour' and two drafts to craft the poem ? not bad for someone who prefers to write stories.
Despite a record number of entries in the upper primary section of the distinguished competition, the maturity and flow of Samara's work stood out.
"I just wrote about the Clarence River and the Jacaranda trees and stuff like that," Samara said.
"I was pretty excited when I found out (I'd won). Heaps of people in our class had entered and we knew someone had won but we didn't know who ? but we got it out of Mrs Cross."
In their comments, judges said Samara's poem had achieved the 'unity and flow' which was the 'hallmark of a great poem'.
"It is ... a harmonious flowing of original word pictures about a particular river ... (which) represents many rivers around Australia in their role as a hub of human as well as natural traffic."
Samara celebrated the win with a chocolate cake and yesterday collected her $400 prize and trophy at a ceremony in Gunnedah.