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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

Wholly in the Deep by Kate Wilson (First Prize)

Return to Jerusalem by Joshua Dunne (Second Prize)

I dare say England’s grown a little cold without me.
The fires dead, extinguished one by one.
The people scurry in frantic search about me
Seeking warmth, seeking shelter.
Finding none. 

The people see my broken body,
At my scars, they look away.
The kind ones go to give me money,
As if a ransom they might pay.

Still more engage in conversation, when they see my feet and hands.
They ask which war it was I fought in – “Iraq or Afghanistan?”
I give a saddened smile; it was the Middle East alright!
But I suffered voluntarily; I went down without a fight.

The bitter winter biting at my heels,
The biting gale bearing winter’s snow
Bites not so hard as lashes as you kneel.
Lashes as you stumble. Lashes as you go. 

But even whips lend gentler wounds than words
That flow from mouths in unbroken, hateful floods. 
Or beaks, for they are like flocks of starving birds
With their cold, dead eyes and anguished thirst for blood.

Flocks of birds that have no shepherd
To find them when they go astray.
What caws of racist hate I’ve heard!
Things I thought I’d never hear men say.

Though, I can’t say I’m surprised to hear the rampant insults thrown
From every angle. I am not the one the people here have known.
In their Churches and Cathedrals, in every image I am shown
As one from Manchester or Bristol! With skin as white as snow!

They use me and my story,
One of pain and loss and woe,
To build their palaces, their glory.
What I fought against, long ago.

I dare say England’s grown a little cold without me.
The lights go off in bedrooms, one by one.
The angels weep.
The sword hand sleeps.
As all my work begins to come undone.

Dear Ma by Gabriella De Oliveira (Third Prize)

Indigo Shadows by Tessa Campisi (Highly Commended)

Across the Seas by Tessa Campisi (Highly Commended)

A Trojan Elegy by Joshua Dunne (Highly Commended)

Verging upon Virgil by Emma Hartley (Highly Commended)

Marri Yatarla by Meg Stroud (Highly Commended)

Fruit Bats at Lockyer Crescent by Serena Green (Highly Commended)

Junk Dragon by Luka Zubcic (Highly Commended)

Little Girls by Emily Eastwell (Highly Commended)

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