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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)

We were stolen from our mothers,
We were stolen from our fathers,
We were stolen from our homes,
They stole our identities.

We were forced into strange ways.
Praying every day.
We had to do what the white ghosts said.
Lying in strange beds.

We searched and searched for our identities
but nothing could be found.
As Mr Neville checked our backs,
we weren’t to make a sound.

We tried to get back home.
To retrieve our identities back.
Leaving the others all alone,
Hearing the lightning crack.

We wondered, we walked
We tricked that tracker.
Like a cunning crow,
we were smarter than them.

We missed our mum,
like a dingo misses its pack.
But we did not dare howl
as we might be stolen back.

We wondered, we walked,
until we found the fence.
We jumped for joy,
and followed this fence, feeling almost free.

Mavis was taken to Moore River too,
She knew what we had been through.
But her life was not worth reminiscing,
And her identity was still missing.

We wondered, we walked.
We just followed the fence,
towards the horizon.
No north, south, east or west.

Only those desperate enough
Would leave the shifty shadows
Only to be swept away like an owl catching its prey.
Tears falling down the face behind the window.

We wondered, we walked,
Until we couldn’t move anymore.
The eagle protected us,
And home was just a little furthermore

We were stolen from our mothers,
We were stolen from our fathers,
We were stolen from our homes,
But we stole our identities back.

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

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