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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

Uncle George by Sunseria Vestey (5-17 Yrs. Winner)

People Like Us by Susan Sommerlad (Open Age)

Pale moonlight stretched across the waves, bright stars the darkness blessed,
She sat upright in creaking bows, her babe clutched to her breast
Her mouth was dry, her face was burnt, she yearned to see the land
She dreamed of purple mountains, green palms and shifting sand.

She saw her village childhood, running barefoot free and wild,
Baking bread and fetching water, just a dark- eyed mountain child.
Her gentle mother’s smiling face, giving joy to all she met,
The call to prayer at sunrise from the crystal minaret.

Her father and her husband then appeared before her eyes,
Their gaping wounds their tortured limbs, the blood, their desperate cries,
Please save the babe, just flee with all the strength you can command,
the choice is death, or chancing it in unknown seas and lands.

The darkening clouds obscured the moon, the swell rose o’er the rails,
The white surf crashed upon the deck, the wind tore at the sails.
The boards began to split and grind, they splintered, cracked and moaned,
Small figures clutched the listing hull, lost in the churning foam.

Down in the blue green watery depths the silver bubbles rose,
her hair flowed loose, her breasts fell free, she held the child still close.
I see my purple mountains, the red and shifting sand,
God keep my babe, God give me peace, help me to understand.

And in the press the following day, a minor entered fact,
“another boat broke up and sank, before we turned them back.” 
And on that outback Christmas morn, the flame trees all in bloom,
Good folk adored another child for whom there was no room.

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

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years