A Celebration of Peter Cowan’s Life

Peter Cowan taken by son Julian (3)

The Peter Cowan Writers’ Centre’s (PCWC) contribution to Edith Cowan University’s 25th Anniversary Celebrations is a photographic display of Peter Cowan in Office 2 at Edith Cowan House. Peter Cowan was the grandson of Edith Cowan, the namesake of the university.

In our photographic display, we have a digital display unit which shows pictures of Peter Cowan from a babe in arms through to an elderly man. We also have various large canvas prints and photographs of Peter and members of his family. There is a Cowan family tree and a folio book which shows Peter Cowan in the context of his times.

In addition, we have a listing of all the books and short stories written by Peter Cowan that are housed in our Members Library for anyone interested in researching his distinctive style of writing.

All are welcome to visit the display. The Centre’s opening hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10am – 3pm.

If you would like more information about Peter Cowan and his work, copies of the PCWC book Homecoming are available for purchase.

2016 Patron’s Prize for Poets

The results for the 2016 Patron’s Prize for Poets Competition are now available. At the Awards Celebration on 16 July 2016 the judge, Liana Joy Christensen, gave out some valuable feedback and we had the opportunity to hear the finalists’ work. Thank you to all who entered their poems and keep writing.

Link to Judge’s Report

PPPC 2016 Winners

From left to right: Shey Marque (Commended); Rita Tognini (Highly Commended); Madeleine Tingey (First Place); Shane McCauley (Commended); Competition Judge, Dr Liana Joy Christensen; Ross Jackson (Highly Commended & Third Place) and; Emily Siggs (Judge’s Encouragement Award for Youth)  

Results

  • First Place was awarded to Madeleine Tingey for ‘In the Suburbs’
  • Second Place was awarded to Marjorie Lewis-Jones for ‘Paddle a Glass Lake’
  • Third Place was awarded to Ross Jackson for ‘Four Reflections in Plate Glass off King Street’
  • The Novice Poet Award went to Judy Winchester for ‘Root and Branch’
  • The Judge’s Encouragement Award for Youth went to Emily Siggs for ‘Tuesday Mornings’

Four Highly Commended Certificates went to:

  • Dave Drayton for ‘Fences’
  • Ross Jackson for ‘Humanless Places’
  • Christopher Ringrose for ‘The Road to Damascus’
  • Rita Tognini for ‘The Same’

Four Commended Certificates went to:

  • Shane McCauley for ‘Gabirol’s Golem’
  • Shey Marque for ‘A Geranium Grows in the Wall’
  • Shey Marque for ‘Chasing Cello Joe’
  • Damen O’Brien for ‘The Saturday Afternoon Football Call’