Karen’s song ‘Wildflower Woman’ has been announced as a joint winner of this year’s prestigious Alistair Hulett Memorial Trophy for songs of social justice. Karen’s song, which will be recorded using funding from the award, tells the story of Sunshine Coast woman Kathleen McArthur, a wildflower painter, who became an environmental activist. Together with poet Judith Wright, she successfully campaigned to save Cooloola Coast from sandminng in the early 1970s and had it declared a national park. Her legacy lives on in the song which calls for today’s activists to take heart from Kathleen’s success.
The award was decided by a panel of judges and their comments on Karen’s song include: “This excellent song tells a story in a very skilful and engaging way about someone who gave her life to a social justice struggle .This very singable song has a great tune, wonderful chorus and leaves us feeling positive.”