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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

A Lesson in Life by Shelley Hansen (First Prize)

In the Wake of the Deluge by Brenda Joy (Second Prize)

The Untold Story by Leonie Parker (Third Prize)

Just a simple wedding band, plain gold and unadorned, 
he wore it on a chain close to his heart. 
I wondered at the story but my nursing colleagues warned, 
“You won’t ask any questions if you’re smart.” 

I paid them no attention when they told me not to snoop, 
so sure I knew it all at seventeen. 
His, “Mind your own damn business” really threw me for a loop; 
I wondered what the hell made him so mean. 

Admittance applications made no mention of a wife. 
He claimed to have no living next of kin. 
I questioned what had led to such a sad and lonely life, 
his surly disposition – or his skin? 

He left this world behind him where nobody held him dear, 
too many bridges burned along the way. 
His mostly untold story might have never found an ear 
if someone else had been there on that day. 

I found the ring discarded in a drawer beside his bed, 
removed so they could knot his only tie. 
I searched for an inscription but found nothing to be read 
until a battered notebook caught my eye. 

The notebook was his journal and it told a sorry tale, 
a tale that’s not uncommon to our shame, 
a stolen child who spent a lifetime in and out of jail 
and never knew his people or his name. 

The day the troopers came and tore his carefree world apart 
his mother pressed the ring into his hand. 
Although he never spoke of it he wore it near his heart 
and finally I came to understand. 

I put the ring into his hand and closed his fingers tight 
around the only comfort he had known. 
I never knew his heritage but prayed he’d find the light 
and when he did he wouldn’t be alone. 

When he returned to Mother Earth nobody else was there. 
The sky was heavy with impending rain. 
A common koel’s mournful call was drifting through the air 
joined by another in its sad refrain. 

And for a fleeting moment as the sun broke through the gloom
I caught a glimpse of rainbirds on the wing, 
with feathers black and glossy like some Gothic plant abloom 
and round the leg of one – a golden ring.

How Long Will We Cry? by Kevin Pye (Highly Commended)

Fire at Dawson’s Run by Catherine Lee (Highly Commended)

The Tale of Molly Riley by Catherine Lee (Highly Commended)

The Property by Susan Sommerlad (Highly Commended)

100 Years Since Anzac by Jim Cosgrove (Highly Commended)

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