Former creative writing student, Anne Powell, was recently placed runner-up in the 2011 Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Literature Awards, for her latest book of poetry, Tree of a Thousand Voices.
The Awards offer one of the country’s largest monetary prizes for literature and are for both budding and published writers whose work embodies the mind, body, spirit genre.
This year they received a remarkable number of written works, with 31 entries in the published book category, and 57 entries in the unpublished manuscript category. This is the first year a book of poetry has been placed.
“I was delighted that the power of poetry was recognized,” says Anne. “I’m also really grateful for the grounding I was given on the poetry module at Whitireia several years ago. It gave me a focus for what I wanted to do and the fact that other people thought my writing was worthwhile really encouraged me to do more with it - more than just fill up notebooks!”