Cedars Teacher Takes out National Poetry Award

Cedars’ English Department is thrilled to announce that Mr Ramm has won the Red Room Company’s Poetry Object Competition for 2017. The international competition received over 3400 poetry entries from students and teachers across Australia and New Zealand. The winners and highly commended were announced last week.

Mr Ramm’s poem, ‘Canvas’ took out first place!

The competition was judged by Dr Mark Treddnick who will also be on the panel for one of the most world’s most prestigious poetry prizes, the Montreal International Poetry Prize.

The Red Room Company Prize awards $1000 to the winner and this year they have employed Oscar-shortlisted animator Robertino Zambrano to transform the three winning poems into animations. A digital exhibition, in partnership with Val Morgan, will see excerpts from the winning poems screened in selected cinemas across Australia from 21 December – 10 January 2018. Earlier this Term, Mr Ramm travelled to the University of Technology Sydney’s radio recording studios to read his poem for the animations.

“I was quite surprised to win, considering the quality of the poems that are submitted” said Mr Ramm. “It’s a real honour to be judged so highly by poets whom I admire. I’ve been enjoying writing poetry with our students and sharing in their success, so it’s wonderful to think that my writing could be used to inspire them as well.”

“My poetry is slowly developing and I’m forever finding ways to bring some of the skills back into my creative writing lessons. It has been very rewarding, as poetry so often is,” he continued – actually it was hard to get him to stop, similar to asking about his dahlia growing.

“This year saw our school’s submission rise from 10 poetry entries last year to 55 in 2017. Next year, not only are we looking for more submissions, but we will also be submitting a project in the ‘School Installation’ category, which we are very excited about. Watch this space!” said Mrs Bond.

The poem, which combines a reflection on his battle with rheumatoid arthritis and his love of boxing, can be read below. “Initially I wrote the poem for my mother who has battled with the disease along with me, it’s a mixture of the pain and companionship that can come when overcoming obstacles in life.”

Congratulations Mr Ramm.