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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

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

No Time for Skipping Stones by Christine Collier (First Prize)

Children in Kansas Know What to Do by Siobhan Deacon (Second Prize)

Red Sky in the Morning by Serena Green (Third Prize)

A Forgotten Persia by Emily Byrne (Highly Commended)

A forgotten Persia, sitting in saffron stained hands,
The Maghreb. The Bedouin. The Arabian.
The family honour dripping in origin.
Soaked perfumed citreous, saturated in the sweet rose

Aromatic khubz kneaded by antiquity,
The echo of Adhan. The ring of Allah
The mosaics of rituals, The continuum of
Sifted sands and ancient souks.

Honeyed tea and rosehip notes
Diffusing into the richness of the khaima.
The warmth of the hookah, the Arabian night,
A social smoke of ancestors.

As white as delusion, opaque opium clouds.
Feet glued to the viscid treacle of tradition
The rejuvenation of spring, awakened
This ominous uprising of the desert.

A rancid bread, now stifled and stale.
Denounced by its own composition
kneaded by the knuckles of power
veiled in burnt frankincense, and acidic citrus.

The red sea as bare as disillusion.
Flowing through these blood stained hands,
Old silk roads running backwards,
Carrying the poisoned pomegranates of the past.

The tribal staple, now the chief traitor.
The food source and the retrenchment.
The abusive mother, The khubz.
The jewels of sheikhs, more important than ancient bread.

Velvet smoke seeping under the cloth
Awakening the dissatisfaction of taste
Corruption biting into the bitterness
No fragrances of Arabia can purify them.

Polluted rosewater and jasmine syrup,
Mosaics reshaped by the sands of the Syria.
The Maghreb. The Bedouin. The Arab.
Wandering the desert, correcting the future.

Verlang by Reinette Roux (Highly Commended)

Warmth by Rosaleen Cooney (Highly Commended)

Descendant by Samantha Brenz-Verca (Highly Commended)

Design by Joshua Murray (Highly Commended)

Black Coffee for Breakfast? by Ellie Burton (Highly Commended)

Shades of Red, White and Grey by Sean Adcock (Highly Commended)

Express Yourself by Hania Syed (Highly Commended)

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