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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)

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)

(Full Moon)

Under summer moons, far from urban hum
A forest lives. Alive like a thousand beating drums

Below my window, a clean rasping sound
When the noises stop, pathways can be found
My feet step, walking. I look up

Until my steps have led me to the undergrowth
   Trees like eyes, and darkness like panic
    Stepping to the rhythm of the forest drum

In this place the dreamtimers are hidden, 
  Sheltered like cellar doors to forgotten things
    Their ancestors float, always lingering

        The whispers here, I feel them in my bones
      Taunting, watching me. Teasing at my clothes
    The edge of the river swims over my feet,
   Soft like tears and drained of all heat
It sings, it dances, it bends and it breaks

A heartbeat settles to the rhythm of the Marri Yatarla.
   Night sinks deeper and the emerald forest dances with me
     They are alive and speaking, singing like sparrows,
       For a moment, fleeting, sometimes I catch
        Their wild dark faces. Unearthly looks traded at a glance
          Tossing their heads away in foreign sprightly dance

Just past dawn, the sun begins to stand
The heavens turn red and the forest drums fade
Night retreats from the shadows, the woods glint virescent
  And the dances slow as daylight descends

    Once the sun swallows the moon, the stars run away
   My feet step, walking. I look down
 The cold cement slabs from my house can be found
I’ve left that place but the drums can never be drowned

Amongst soil and earth, framed by hazel pastures
There danced the dream from the people of a nation
Once stolen, and entirely stripped of liberation

The forest is now free to thrive and grow
Forever loyal to people we stole, and will never truly know
The forest is much more than just trees and rivers
It is enchanted and captivating, thriving in untamed rhythm

Quiet, unchanging, spirits dart between dappled trunks,
Glimpses of the past between rivers and bush bends
Beckoning me back; to the Paperbarks and their unusual friends

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