Centralian Writers Scoop the Pool at NT Literary Awards
The Northern Territory Literary Awards are a prestigious, annual competition for Northern Territory writers. One section, the Kath Manzie Youth Award, celebrates the best of poetry and prose written by young people between the ages of 12 and 18 years.
This year judges short listed four young writers, with three of those finalists being Centralian College Year 10 students including the winner, Ellaby Kenneth. Judges described Ellaby as “a fine writer” with a promising future, for her work, a creative spoken word piece titled “Vanilla”. She wrote sensitively and with outstanding creativity about issues of identity and anxiety which affect many young people.
Ezra Angeles and Janaya Kopp submitted work they created as part of their first assignment in Mrs. Glenda McCarthy’s Year 10 English class. Ezra’s poem honours his “culture and ancestors that walked the red dirt of his home Ayampe”. He also shared his love of football and the good vibes of having family close.
Janaya submitted an autobiographical story titled “I Belong” in which she writes about returning to “the beautiful landscape and rugged MacDonnell Ranges” after living in Melbourne for a year. Janaya shares the joy she takes in “a long bloodline of family traditions and culture…the Corkwood tree and the fierce emu, my Dreaming”.
Judges commented on the high standard of work submitted for the Kath Manzie Award this year, with the awards presented at a ceremony at the Araluen Arts Centre in Alice Springs on Tuesday 24 July.
Ellaby, Ezra and Janaya