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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)

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)

Yesterday I believe you took up yoga
You said that your chakra was hollow
But is it your heart or a trend that you follow?
Stop embarrassing yourself in that toga

Your hair’s pink because it’s such a statement
Your diet consists of only tofu shakes
But you’re still smuggling in some steaks
Strutting your bare feet on the pavement

You’re a walking, talking Reject Shop artwork
Mantras stamped across your forehead
Presumptuously appearing well-read
Rehearsing your every oddity and quirk

Tattoos in Chinese across your chest
Did you know that’s a takeaway menu?
You’re never sure if you’re Hindu or a Jew
Still on this bumbling, hopeless quest

I love the way you eat wholegrain bread
So counter-culture (and good for your bowel movements)
Rocking glasses but no visual impairments
Your Docs mean instant street cred

You’re a billboard, an unwitting mannequin
A repetitive label, mass-produced creation
Cave in without a word of persuasion 
High on propaganda and organic pumpkin

But you’re not listening, you’re elsewhere
You say yoga just didn’t connect with you
And the universe’s energies led you to
Rock some bellbottoms with truly lunatic flair

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