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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

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

Staring at the Ceiling by Ingrid Brett (First Prize)

Aphelion by Ella Fox-Martens (Second Prize)

(An Ode to Guilt) by Melanie Johnson (Third Prize)

Where Do the Birds go? by Freya Cox (Highly Commended)

Gone in a Day by Freya Cox (Highly Commended)

Remorse by Jemma Payne (Highly Commended)

Together by Holly Dignan (Highly Commended)

Bookshelf City by Abigail Thomas (Highly Commended)

Forgotten Children by Freya Cox (Highly Commended)

they give us pencils to draw with
feeling pleased at their generosity
they do not wait to see the pictures
that appear
childish scrawls 
with haunting undertones
of pain 
and sadness
tears drip from the pages
in blue crayon
blood splatters
in pink marker

mama said here we could play outside
run around 
and send our voices spinning up to the clouds
without being silenced in fear

i tried that once
only once
yelling, chasing my brother and shouting out to the clouds
i got yelled at in return
now i am silent

they tell us we are illegal
i do not understand

i am seven
how can i be illegal?

we used to play with kites
dancing, swooping, vibrant birds on strings
squares of colour against the glaring white sun
anchored to our adoring hands
flying in the open sky

now we play in the dust
behind a fence
that seems to shrink inwards each day
until it closes in completely 
and crushes us

do they remember when they look at us
that we are children
or have they forgotten
are we now nothing but
other?

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