Laurie Duggan’s The Collected Blue Hills wins Grace Leven Poetry Prize

News & Awards

The Collected Blue Hills was one of six winners of what is, sadly, the last awarding of the Grace Leven Poetry Prize. other joint winners were:

  • Autoethnographic by Michael Brennan
  • Rawshock by Toby Fitch
  • Jaguar's Dream by John Kinsella
  • Another Fine Morning in Paradise by Michael Sharkey

“The Grace Leven Prize for Poetry is an annual award given in the name of Grace Leven who died in 1922. It was established by William Baylebridge who “made a provision for an annual poetry prize in memory of 'my benefactress Grace Leven' and for the publication of his own work”. Grace was his mother's half-sister.

The award is made to “the best volume of poetry published in the preceding twelve months by a writer either Australian-born, or naturalised in Australia and resident in Australia for not less than ten years”. It offers only a small monetary prize, but is highly regarded by poets.  It was first awarded in 1947, with the recipient being Nan McDonald's Pacific Sea.”  Grace Leven Prize for Poetry,  Wikipedia