Ellen Mulherin, of Grafton, receives her first place award for poetry from author Valerie Albrecht.
Ellen Mulherin, of Grafton, receives her first place award for poetry from author Valerie Albrecht.

Impressive writers

SEVERAL budding Clarence Valley writers have been unearthed in the Clarence Valley Council's 2011 Seniors Week Writing Competition.

The competition invited seniors to submit entries in prose and poetry categories on the theme “every cloud has a silver lining”.

There was also a youth poetry category.

The winners were announced on Friday, March 25, at a ceremony at the Star of the Sea Conference Centre in Yamba.

The winners were presented with their awards by local author Valerie Albrecht, who also judged the entries along with Maclean author Peter Watt.

Taking out first place for the prose category was Patricia Kan of Ashby with her piece titled You Crack Me Up Nanny, with Mary-Jane Gibson of Maclean taking second place with her entry Silver Gaudy and Cool.

Highly commended in the prose category was Mavis Anne Smith of Maclean for Togetherness.

In the poetry category, Ellen Mulherin of Grafton took first place with her piece Every Cloud has a Silver Lining, while John Sullivan of Ulmarra took second place with his entry Reflections on a Life.

Highly commended for the poetry category was Bonnie McGrath of Lawrence for her poem Mum's Sunday.

Winner of the youth poetry category was Nikki Corrigan of Eatonsville with her submission The Humorous Boy.



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