Port Phillip Citizens for Reconciliation Writing Award Winners announced

Congratulations to all the winners and entrants to the Port Phillip Citizens for Reconciliation 2016 Reconciliation Writing Competition, announced last week at a prize presentation event at The Avenue Bookshop in Albert Park.

Congratulations also to the teachers who encouraged the many student entrants. There's some thought provoking and powerful writing in the booklet of winning entries that is available for $5 through PPCfR: 9699 8804 or email rosemary.rule@gmail.com

Competition judge, author Jane Harrison, praised the entrants' "ability to evoke an emotional resonance in their writing. Some took the reader to a place where they are challenged to take responsibility for their role and own learning about our shared history. The best of the entries intertwined snippets of history with the writers' personal experiences, in pieces that suggested grace, loss, yearning, the struggle to connect and understand and the puzzlement of how to do that in a respectful and mindful way".

Photo: Prize winning siblings Carlin (left) and Soraya Briggs with local Elder, Aunty Jacko, who provided the Acknowledgement of Country.