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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)

verlang/ longing
seer/ pain
eensaam/ loneliness
kwaad/ anger

Can the absence in my language be read
Can the weight of it be felt
The words are both the same in meaning
But as I speak this rare tongue
You understand only these:

Dermis/ Dermis
Pigment/ Pigment
Trauma/ Trauma

Therefore I give you my poem about the irreversible mark: a tattoo poem
To carry the pigment from the point of the needle to the dermis that contains me
You may not see it, but I do
It’s my tattoo

The lead, iron oxides, rusts, metal salts and plastics of the ink in my bloodstream
Burden me
I turn to homemade tattoo inks, made of soot, dirt and blood

roet/ soot
as/ ash
brand/ burn

and there was ink
and there was memory
and there was no pain

the final curtain call and I bow to bear
my tattoo to you

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