2019 Preliminary Details

WE'RE BACK! The Dorothea Mackellar Memorial Society is back in action for 2019, and we're so excited for another year of poetic awesomeness. We'll have brand new judges, a new theme and another Annual General Meeting in March, but our passion for poetry remains the same. Come 1st March, ...


2018 Presentation

AUGUST 31 2018 - 5:30PM Gunnedah's 2018 Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards Written by Vanessa Höhnke at the Namoi Valley Independent Photos by Marie Low   Poetry in all its forms were celebrated at the Dorothea Mackeller Poetry Awards on Friday 31st August. The annual national awa...


Brittany's Reflection on 2018

Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards over for another year Written by Vanessa Höhnke at the Namoi Valley Independent Photo by Marie Low   Gunnedah’s Brittany Riley is catching her breath after a “whirlwind” year. It was Ms Riley’s first year at the helm of the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry...



The results of the 2018 competition are in! Head to https://www.dorothea.com.au/Poetry-Archive to have a look!


2018 National Presentation Ceremony

The entries have been judged, and now we're gearing up for our National Presentation Ceremony! With winners flying in from across the countryside, it's almost time to present their awards. Members of the general public are invited to attend the ceremony with members of the Dorothea Mackella...


Brittany's Interview with Townlife North West!

Our Project Officer did an interview with Casey from Towlife last week to talk about the upcoming poetry awards! Have a look at the full video here!


Entries are Closed!

The last few months has flown, and now the entries are officially closed! With the theme "I Have Promises to Keep", this year we recieved thousands of entries from school students all over Australia. We're so excited to see what these talented kids have produced, and the judging is well und...


Allen & Unwin Donate Book Packs!

We're so excited to announce that Allen & Unwin Books are donating some incredible books for this year's poetry competition! Allen & Unwin publish a number of amazing authors and we're looking forward to getting our hands on: - "I Am the Seed", a glorious poetry anthology by Fiona Waters (i...


Our new Project Officer!

Project Officer 2018 With our former Project Officer Ruth travelling the Australian countryside with her husband and their children's theatre company, we had to appoint a new one! Brittany is a young adult author and a lover of the arts, writing, poetry and all things creative.We welcome he...


2017 Presentation Ceremony

Winners and runners-up for the 2017 Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards were announced at our National Presentation Ceremony.   The Ceremony, which was held at the Civic Theatre, Gunnedah on Friday the 1st of September, was attended by students from all over Australia. The much-anticipated eve...


One week until 2017 Poetry Awards Closes

Students around Australia are sharpening their pencils for the last week of the 2017 Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards.   Entries for the 2017 Awards are accepted until the 30th of June, and Project Officer Ruth Macaulay is expecting a surge of last minute entries in the final week.   ...


Poetry Workshops in Schools

Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards Project Officer Ruth Macaulay has been busy writing and conducting Poetry Writing Workshops in schools around Gunnedah. The workshops are aimed at engaging kids with poetry and literature through word games, movement games and writing prompts. They are a great ...