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2014 Overall Winner & recipient of the Babies of Walloon bronze statuette

Chairperson’s School Award

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

Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

Broderick Family Award – 11-13 Years

Happy Holidays! by Charlee Sutherland (First Prize)

Crows by Tiriei Kamide (Second Prize)

Stream by Hannah Vesey (Third Prize)

World by Kiara Bell (Highly Commended)

Home by Leisl Lucerne-Knight (Highly Commended)

Stolen by Lisa Nguyen (Highly Commended)

My Grandmother Refuses to Die by Olivia Williams (Highly Commended)

My grandmother is refusing to die.
She stands at the fly wire with a broom
waiting to shoo away death when she hears
the click of the gate. My grandmother’s crazy,
you may say, but she’s completely sane.
My grandmother (whom refuses to die) stands
at the fly wire every single day,
but we understand why.
Of course no one wants to die,
but it eventually happens
and all we can do is cry.

My grandmother is a stubborn old bird,
doesn’t want to do this or that
because ‘my back hurts’!
my grandmother’s warm and full of fun,
but when the gate clicks
the fun turns into a gun
waiting to shoot
down death before it can get her.

My grandmother’s old, fragile
And like a piece of frayed leather.
Her skin’s like a sponge,
absorbing everything around her.
She smells like all old ladies smell,
like soap and very clean.
She’s a tough old bat with a broom and gun
swatting and shooting death
whenever the gate clicks.
My grandmother’s not afraid
of death, she is just afraid of dying
and what she’s going to miss when she’s gone

The Fascinations of Millinery by Lewis Orr (Highly Commended)

Television by Kate Chan (Highly Commended)

What I Want to be When I Grow Up by Anna Harisson (Highly Commended)

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years