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Reneé Pettitt-Schipp Reneé Pettitt-Schipp i(A140273 works by) (a.k.a. Renee Schipp; Renee Pettit-Schipp)
Gender: Female
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'Reneé Pettitt-Schipp is an award winning writer and educator who lived in the Indian Ocean Territories from 2011 until 2014. Renee’s work with asylum seekers in detention on Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) islands inspired her first collection of poetry, ‘The Sky Runs Right Through Us’.' (

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2020 inaugural winner Denmark Arts Varuna Fellowship
2017 commended Ros Spencer Poetry Prize for 'After Your Mother’s Fall'.
2016 commended Ethel Webb Bundell Literary Award Poetry Awards for What the rain said

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Sky Runs Right Through Us Crawley : UWA Publishing , 2018 12947645 2018 selected work poetry

"This deeply personal book is also an important historical record. Written from the heart and covering a period of time working on Christmas Island with asylum seekers until her return to Australia with an urgency to bear witness, Pettitt-Schipp's steady eye is levelled at a facade of Australian inclusivity and openness "this land's edge /has always been an invitation/a white-toothed smile/ to walk on". To those denied entry, those white teeth become menace, exclusion, shark, crocodile. In a book filled with heart-breakingly tender portraits, borders and bodies, sanctions and sanctuary are held close to each other in ways which articulate the space but also, the common ground between "us"."--Amanda Joy **"These beautiful Christmas Island poems capture both the despair of asylum seekers imprisoned by rock and sea and their ancient will to continue."--Gillian Triggs (Series: UWAP Poetry) [Subject: Poetry]' (Publication summary)

2018 winner Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Premier's Prize for an Emerging Writer
2015 shortlisted Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript
y separately published work icon Returning to Land 2015 (Manuscript version)9145860 9145855 2015 selected work poetry
2015 shortlisted Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript
Autumn at the Cidery 2014 single work poetry
— Appears in: Poetry D'Amour 2015 : Love Poems 2014; (p. 11)
2015 highly commended Poetry d’Amour Love Poetry Contest
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