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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)

The Fascinations of Millinery by Lewis Orr (Highly Commended)

A keen eye descries some ludicrous hats,
Trilbies, and bowlers – all with ribbons to match,
All bobbing along in contentious bearing,
And representing the humans that had chose them for wearing.

First came old top hat, from a day at the club,
Swinging his cane and just dying to snub,
All hats who came beneath his wealth,
With no means to equal his portly health.

And the newsboy cap sang of new issues galore,
To which the beanie responded with a crude implore,
“Be quiet, ragamuffin, for you have no insight,
Into the biting cold weather and the climatic plight!”

Whilst the fedora was chuckling at these two hats wrangling,
He was nudged by the bonnet, who was weaving and tangling,
A gossipy rumor, and a scandalous tale,
About the pillbox’s romance and its doom to fail.

The straw hat looked on with the hint of a scowl,
At the bonnet’s forked tongue going rather afoul,
For the farmer was a character of simple folk,
A blunter knife, and a basic bloke.

The panama was grumbling to the beret beside,
Bemoaning economy, politics, the tide,
For pessimism did rule, his thoughts and his mind,
He honed it and groaned it, making sure that it shined.

Though one may interpret this tomfool society,
As lacking grace and allure, and a presence of piety,
It is they who serve a very true function,
One yielded at a most peopled junction. 

For when the clouds draw back and harsh sunlight is rayed,
It is the hats who together provide the shade.
And when heads are warm until the day’s end,
It is hats to who gratitude should be kindly sent.

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