Portia Hackett from John Paul College is set to become a star after winning a national songwriting competition, and she will al
Portia Hackett from John Paul College is set to become a star after winning a national songwriting competition, and she will al

Time means nothing

By JENI FAULKNER

MEET the next Missy Higgins ? Portia Hackett.

It's an ambitious comparison for this John Paul College student to tackle just yet but, at the age of just 15, she's off to a good start.

Portia has won the 2005 Australian Children's Music Foundation (ACMF) National Songwriting Competition for her original piece 'No Clocks on our Walls'.

The song, which is a testament to youth, tells the journey of a girl who thinks things in her life are big until later when she realises they weren't in the whole scheme of things.

Portia isn't set on starting a career in the music business but she admits this competition has given her a push in the right direction.

Bernard Fanning from Triple J has already invited Portia to perform live on the radio and Portia said it would be great to record her music for others.

It was shear luck which saw Portia even enter the competition and it almost seems like fate that she won her category.

"I was running late with my entry and then I even forgot to include the lyrics," Portia said.

"They really liked my entry and I had to read my lyrics over the phone so I could still be counted."

Portia started playing guitar at the age of seven and two years later she took up piano.

Her inspirations are Missy Higgins, The Waifs and U2.

The ACMF is a charitable organisation which provides opportunities for children to participate in music. It was founded in August 2002 by Don Spencer and each year more than 12,000 schools are asked to submit entries.

For taking out Category B on the songwriting competition Portia wins $1000 for musical equipment at her school and also $300 for herself which she intends to use to buy a new guitar.



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