2015 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards – Winner Poetry – Geoffrey Lehmann

[Music plays] I just wanted to write poetry, and so all of my life choices were in order to write poetry. So I think that this is why awards, government support for writers, is very important, because people who become writers may have done something else with their lives, which may have allowed them to live a bit better than they have, so I think that’s one of the reasons why we have awards. Also, of course, it does give writers recognition; it does give their work recognition so that people read the books, because the person has won an award. Not always are the books that win the awards the best books, but, you know, it is sometimes a bit of an indication that something might be worth reading. [Music plays]

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