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2015 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

The Skyway up to Heaven by Grace Nakamura (5-17 Yrs. Winner)

The Privy by Jena Woodhouse (Open Age)

An earth path from the back stairs
led between and past twin mango trees,
past the bore tap where we washed 
our hands and sluiced off mango juice.
Beyond it stood a tank stand, a whetstone 
in the shade beneath, mounted on a block,
fixed with a handle, waist-high to a man.

The path led on, towards a rough pergola
sagging under tentacles of pittaya –
night-blooming lamps of ivory,  
in whose throats gold cilia
pulsed in sultry breaths of air
like sea-anemones in sea.
Beyond that portal, wilderness could have
its way: lantana monsters tussling 
with phalanxes of guinea grass.

On the verge of chaos stood the wooden 
outhouse, weather stained, a bit like
a dilapidated sentry box. To one side of the door,
a sprawling rosebush reared up to the roof,
a tall and tangled fantasy of scented pink 
rosettes, brambly arms wreathing, 
mapping ever greater tracts of blue,
the fragrance of the knotted blossom
tempering the atmosphere. The roses had
the faintest blush of dawn on them, delicate
as scallop shells, no bigger than a baby’s ear.

Inside the booth crouched tiny frogs
no larger than a lady’s brooch, 
a clean leaf green, like jade adornments
in a rustic shrine. Flanks undulating out
and in, the movement of the heart and lungs
visible through thin membrane of skin,
they showed aplomb, not fear,
when sweaty giants came crowding in – 
sighing as they sat in state and made the bench
creak under them, the ageing farmer or 
his son, grateful for a breathing space.

Unlike some people’s privies, there was nothing 
to distract the mind, no makeshift library
to vie with views of open plains of sky,
a belt of distant trees, the mountain 
looming like a crouching beast, clouds
trailing past like wayward sheep
to pastures always out of reach.

A place apart, where weary men could muse 
in privacy and peace, far from the drudgery
of milking cows and tending squealing pigs.
The architect, unfazed by distance from the house
on moonless nights, succumbed to fields of chlorophyll
that charmed the jaded farmer’s eye; was captivated
by the clouds’ attempts to map the boundless sky.

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