2019 Peter Porter Poetry Prize ceremony

Australian Book Review is delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2019 Peter Porter Poetry Prize. First presented in 2005, the Porter Prize is one of the world’s leading prizes for a new poem. It is worth a total of $8,500.

This year, our indefatigable judges – Judith Bishop, John Hawke (chair of the panel, and Poetry Editor of ABR), and  Paul Kane  – had almost 900 poems to assess before choosing the shortlist. Five poems have been shortlisted.

The shortlisted poems are:
'Dancing with Stephen Hawking' by John Foulcher (ACT)
'The Mirror Hurlers' by Ross Gillett (Vic)
'Searching the Dead' Andy Kissane (NSW)
'63 Temple Street, Mong Kok' by Belle Ling (Qld/Hong Kong)
'Raven' by Mark Tredinnick (NSW)


Please join us as we announce the winner of the 2019 ABR Peter Porter Poetry Prize. After readings from the poetry of Peter Porter, the shortlisted poets will introduce and read their poems. A special guest will announce the 2019 winner, who will be awarded $5,000 and an  Arthur Boyd etching from the series ‘The lady and the unicorn’.

When: Monday, 18 March 2019, 6 for 6.15 pm to 7.30 pm
Where: fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 
Bookings: This is a free public event and everyone is most welcome, but bookings are essential: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 2019 Porter Prize shortlist photoThe 2019 Peter Porter Poetry Prize shortlist (left to right): John Foulcher, Ross Gillett, Andy Kissane, Belle Ling, Mark Tredinnick

The five shortlisted poems will appear in our March 2019 issue. Copies of the magazine will be available for purchase on the night and can also be ordered via our website. Subscribers can read the March issue in full on our website from February 28. Click here to find out more about subscribing to ABR

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