Statue of the Water Babies of WalloonIpswich Poetry Feast 2016

The Ipswich Poetry Feast is an initiative of Ipswich City Council, supported by the local community.

Since its humble beginnings in 2003 as a national poetry writing competition, the Ipswich Poetry Feast has grown and evolved to become in important part of Ipswich's cultural identity. The Ipswich Poetry Feast now features an annual international poetry writing competition and other significant literary events aimed at developing, advancing and showcasing poetry and poetry writing skills across all ages.

2015 Winners

International Poetry Writing Competition

2016 Program of Events

Poetry Feast Brochure (1.1MB pdf)

Reflections around a waterhole
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The impetus for the Ipswich Poetry Feast came from Henry Lawson's poem, "The Babies of Walloon" (1891), which recounts the tragic drowning of Bridget Kate and Mary Jane Broderick at a waterhole at Walloon, a rural township a short distance from Ipswich.

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