Father and daughter wow in poetry competition

A father and daughter duo have shown Taranaki they have a way with words.

Adrian “Moose” Ellmoos and his young daughter Poppy are two of the winners in Taranaki’s inaugural Fantastic Ekphrastic poetry competition.

The competition launched in June and invited people to pen a poem in response to a piece of Taranaki artwork.

Moose’s poem was chosen as the featured poem for the Cupped Hands artwork by Paul Hutchinson whilst his daughter, Poppy was highly commended for her poem inspired by Brenda Cash’s painting.

Moose, who is an events manager, a celebrant and an MC said he was “over the moon” with the win and chuffed to have his poem featured in a Phantom Billstickers frame. 

Judge and Fantastic Ekphrastic competition creator, Helen Griffiths said Poppy’s poem was a smile-inducing account of a coffee date between two fancy mums.

The competition was organised by Helen Griffiths and Virginia Winder

Helen said she was thrilled with the 130 entries received from all over the region.

“There was such a range of styles,” she said.

There were 12 winning poems and six of those will feature in Phantom Billsticker frames around New Plymouth from next week, while the final six will go up around town from September 2.

Moose and Poppy weren’t the only family to feature in the competition.

Abigail Williamson is the youngest featured poet for her poem The Witches Tunnel inspired by Mark Bellringer’s photo, while her mum, Rebecca Williamson’s poem was also highly commended for her poetic interpretation of Dale Copeland’s assemblage piece.

  • As part of National Poetry Day on Friday August 23, there is a book release at Poppies from 4pm and a Poetry Open Mic at Koru Gallery on Devon St West from 5pm. For more information visit Pop Up Poetry Taranaki on Facebook.