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27 May 2008

Peace Poetry Prize presentation

The winner of the inaugural Eve Masterman Peace Poetry Prize is to be announced on Saturday 31st May, at the Hobart Bookshop, Salamanca Square, at 3pm.

Saturday will be a double celebration for the Prize’s namesake, Eve Masterman, who will also be there to celebrate her 101st birthday!

The Peace Poetry Prize is the initiative of Dr. Margot Roe, vice president Tasmanian branch of the Womens International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), and the award is named in honour of Ms Masterman, a long serving member of the group, and dedicated peace activist.

Dr. Roe said the poetry competition was an ideal way to pay tribute to Eve’s tireless commitment to humanitarian and anti-war campaigning and to promote messages of peace.

Kay Binet, President WILPF Tasmania said: “I think the theme of peace and poetry is a fitting reminder that violence and war don’t solve problems or win ‘hearts and minds’ but words can.”

“I’d like to thank all entrants for their contributions and congratulate the two winners.”

Anne Collins, poet, essayist and novelist, was the competition judge and Berenice Eastman will present the awards - first prize of $250 and second prize of $100 - at the official ceremony on Saturday.

The competition was open to all ages and the poems were required to have the theme of “Peace”.

Ms Masterman was recognised for her anti-wars efforts in 2001 when she received a United Nations Day Award for a lifetime of dedication to the cause of peace.

The Poetry Prize is not the first naming honour for Ms Masterman, also a keen bushwalker, who has a mountain named after her - Eves Peak, in the states South,


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• WHAT: Presentation of Eve Masterman Peace Poetry Prize

• WHERE: Hobart Bookshop, Salamanca Square

• WHEN: Saturday, 31st May, 3pm

• CONTACTS: Kay Binet, WILPF President, (03) 62 244784 or Mobile 0437 491 438.

 

Kay Binet

The winner of the inaugural Eve Masterman Peace Poetry Prize is to be announced on Saturday 31st May, at the Hobart Bookshop, Salamanca Square, at 3pm.