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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

Dementia, the Demon with a Sneeze by Ingrid Mason (First Prize)

They often passed The Home,
where it lay,
vacant,
cocooned,
on a sunny balcony
feeding on thickened fluids.

She felt a chill.
He warmed her in his coat.

It prowled in the garden,
incognizant.
anxious,
obsessed, 
fumbling through handbags, searching
for keys, scratching at the door.

She was frightened.
He took it by the scruff.

Creeping like a stray, through
an open window,
it leaped,
leaving
chaos on the kitchen
bench. She struggled for words.

He pulled them free,
Stringing them into smiles.

He made a barricade
of lists and
labels.
Fading,
soon crumpled, they fell away.
He gave her a pillow to hold.

She sang it songs,
and he was comforted.

It settled in the bed
between them,
her face
transformed,
he read it every morning
for the day’s proclivity.

She loved music.
He played her memories.

She didn’t recognize herself,
the living
or the
dead so
he took away the mirrors,
and she gazed at the blank walls.

But she knew love,
he loved her even more.

It broke his heart to hear her
plaintive calls
for their
young ones
to come home, from the past,
and fruitless telling her why.

She couldn’t drink.
He fed her thickened fluids.

They revisited The Home,
to find
a place.
He saw ghosts there, guarded day
and night by Health and Safety

plotting escape
to Love. He couldn’t bear it.

He imprisoned her in his arms.
Showered, he
wrapped her
in the
robe, dusted with roses, it
was the life he promised her.

With Barcarolle,
tea and toast and Nembutal.

They went to bed cocooned,
in flannel,
fingers
entwined
soft in the glow of lamplight
And sometime in the night,

The Demon sneezed
and     slipped     away.

Happiness by Kenneth Weaver (Second Prize)

A Survey of Community Fireworks by Scott Thouard (Third Prize)

The Backyard Brothers by Marcus Richardson (Highly Commended)

Flat-headed Catfish by Brett Dionysius (Highly Commended)

My Mother Sewed for Me by Wendy Davies (Highly Commended)

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