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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

Jacaranda Street by Damen O'Brien (First Prize)

Eight Embraces by Julie Lynch (Second Prize)

Robowars at the "Swich" by Scott Thouard (Third Prize)

Bomb by Brett Dionysius (Highly Commended)

Little Brisbane by Caitlin Prouatt (Highly Commended)

The Elixir by Damen O'Brien (Highly Commended)

Fishing by Maureen Clifford (Highly Commended)

On the outgoing tide the boat rocked lazily.
He recalled there were plenty of fish in the sea.
He watched swooping seagulls dive bombing the ocean
as his kids build sand-castles. Had they a notion
of their Gramp’s philosophy? ‘When you’re in strife
just remember the pebbles on beaches of life.’

A bright flash of light quickly drew his attention
to cliff hangers climbing, defying convention
in their struggle upwards ‘cross cliff faces steep,
with their safety dependent on thin ropes to keep
them from plummeting downwards to sharp rocks below;
but quite fearless, not once did they falter or slow.

He sat quietly pondering the life that he’d led.
It had been pretty good. It was like Dad had said.
‘You come in with the tide and you go with the flow
giving help where you can for you never will know
if one day you’ll need saving and hands will reach out;
so don’t you be lazy, share your help about.

He recalled his Dad saying ‘ we reaps what we sows
and if we sow dissension then we harvest blows
but to sow seeds of kindness, compassion and love
brings a bounty of blessings for sure from above.’
He looked to the heavens – “I remember indeed
Dad, I’d best get back fishing, there’s people to feed.”

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