About the Dorothea Mackellar Memorial Society
OUR JUDGES (2021-)
PRIMARY SCHOOL CO-JUDGE – MICHELLE TAYLOR
Michelle writes for children, young adults and the young at heart! She’s published seven books of poetry including 100 Ways To Fly, If The World Belonged To Dogs, If Bees Rode Shiny Bicycles and The Angel Of Barbican High, and is the recipient of numerous awards and grants. Michelle is a mum and an occupational therapist, and reckons being a writer makes her braver and more creative in all the other jobs she does!
*New in 2022* PRIMARY SCHOOL CO-JUDGE – ROSS CLARK
Ross Clark has had 8 volumes of poetry and haiku published since 1983, and has won several national poetry prizes. A large body of published but uncollected poetry includes poems for children and teenagers, written as Ashley Clarkson (and he’s continuing to work on his verse-novel trilogy for young adults, which begins with “Beautyooty-Ripparooty”).
After a professional life as a secondary and tertiary teacher, and several stints as poet-in-schools, he has begun writing songs during his retirement, performing them solo or with a band. Recent songs include “Blue Eureka Skies” and “Looking for a Sunburnt Country”.
SECONDARY SCHOOL JUDGE – SHERRYL CLARK
Sherryl Clark has been reading and writing and loving poetry for more than 30 years. She has two collections of poems for adults published, as well as five verse novels for children. Her latest verse novel is “Mina and the Whole Wide World” (UQP). Her verse novel, “Farm Kid”, won the 2005 NSW Premier’s Award for children’s books and “Sixth Grade Style Queen (Not!)” was a CBCA Honour Book in 2008. Sherryl teaches poetry writing to all ages and also edits and critiques poetry manuscripts.
Her website is at https://www.sherrylclark.com