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Another Roseville Student Wins Henry Lawson prose competition

Release Date: 10-Aug-2017 | Go Back

Roseville College Year 8 poet, Darcey White, has won the2017 Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Short Story and Verse competition’s Secondary Verse category.

The talented 15 year old says her entry in the 2017 competition, apoem titled “Mars and Stars”, uses science and space as a metaphor for time and love. Inspired by the “star-crossed lovers”, Shakespeare’s
Romeo and Juliette, she explores the idea of forbidden love and how it defies society’s parameters.

Despite the characters’ many distinctive qualities, they discover a connection they feel nobody else will understand,” says Darcey.

The metaphor connects science and space, which are supported by evidence, to time and love that are vulnerable and human, and arguably cannot be measured by numbers and figures,” she explains. “I hoped to encourage the audience to question what is valid and invalid love, when we struggle to define what it is, or how to rationalise it. I hope that my poem shoes that people can form connections and love despite their many differences, and that, as a society, we should cherish this.”

The Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Short Story and Verse competition is a national, annual event; visit http://www.henrylawsonfestival.com.au

Darcey’s win is the fourth win in the famous Short Story and Verse competition by a Roseville College student in recent years; it was also won by Sejung Park in both 2009 and 2011, and by Alex Turner in 2016.

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Caption: Roseville College Year 8 poet, Darcey White, is the fourth College student to win the Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Short Story and Verse competition’s Secondary Verse category in recent years.

Contact: Kaje Pickering, Media & Public Affairs | M 0414 473 640 | kpickering@roseville.nsw.edu.au