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2015 Overall Winner & recipient of the Babies of Walloon bronze statuette

Chairperson’s School Award

Edwards Property Mentorship Award

Memorial by Maree Reedman ()

My father phoned to thank me
for organising his 93rd birthday lunch.
It was his first 
without my mother.
My dad was never the one who called
now he has rung twice this afternoon.

I planned to take him to a local seafood restaurant
looking out onto the ocean
(probably his last birthday, although he said something
about being ninety-four yesterday.)
but he told my brother he didn’t want to be dragged there
and didn’t mention this to me.
It’s been years since I’ve been angry
at my father
maybe even decades
and I don’t know how to do it,
I think about the little time we have left
(which must be a good parental strategy for manipulation)
even though dad is above that.

This morning I woke from a dream:
my mother had died.
In her last months,
she gave glimpses of the woman she had been.
This is who I miss,
whenever I see a rose ornament
or my birds do something cute,
and I wish I could tell her about it.

Dad isn’t going to buy her a memorial
he’s decided to have her ashes at home.
Eight thousand dollars will do that.
The crematorium woman had him walking too far,
sitting on benches
looking at gardens
and never mentioning the memorial wall
because it was the cheapest.
She asked me which one I liked
I said the rose garden
because mum loved roses
and suddenly it was all about how we were getting the rose garden 
because it was what I wanted.
What I wanted was to walk out and never come back
and that is what we did.

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

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