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2013 Overall Winner & recipient of the Babies of Walloon bronze statuette

Edwards Property Mentorship Award

Ipswich Theme Awards

Chair’s Encouragement Awards

Black Coffee for Breakfast? by Ellie Burton (5-17 Yrs. Winner)

My Dad is an Alcoholic by Melanie Gilchrist (Open Age)

I don’t want to go home
I don’t know what to do
I feel so scared and all alone
cos Daddy’s had afew

It happens all the time these days
Oh how I wish it would end
My little sister’s crying
Is driving me around the bend

Why won’t Mummy leave him?
She’s said she would before
I really did believe her
But she keeps us here for more

We have our bags packed by our beds
In case we need to go
I tell my mum I want to
But she keeps on saying NO

When Dad gets drunk he swears and yells
At all of us alot
Sometimes he falls over
And the next day he’s forgot

When it was my birthday
Earlier this year
I would have liked a birthday cake
But Dad needed his beer

I hate my dad and I love him
All at the same time
It gets confusing and I pretend
That everything is fine

I go to the park with my friends
On the swing I feel happy and free
But at six o’clock or thereabouts
Mum calls us home for tea

I don’t like feeling scared like this
It makes me want to cry
Sometimes I get very angry
And I just wish I could die

When I grow up I will be strong
And leave him. I’ll take my sister too
Dad can keep on drinking
We have better things to do

Ipswich Grammar School by School ()

Rosewood Green Award – Open Age Local Poets

Joy Chambers & Reg Grundy Award – Open Age Other Poetry

Metro Hotel Ipswich International Award – Open Age Bush Poetry

Ipswich City Council Award – 16-17 Years

Broderick Family Award – 14-15 Years

Queensland Times Award – 11-13 Years

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years