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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)

Do you hear the echoes?
clamouring voices, cart wheels on cobblestones, children shouting
a city frozen in time
red roofs turned grey with softly swirling ash
so beautiful
so deadly
crushing, coating, caressing to death

that day, beauty and horror
were so closely entwined
how is it that a streak of lava
glowing, radiant with lustre 
charcoals flesh and coaxes screams from dying lips? 

the mountain did not distinguish
between the slave and his master
whether wrists were encased in iron shackles
or golden bangles
the mountain took them

as the sun rose that morning
it knew not that it would set on a very different sight
the curving arches
marble fountains
and white-washed villas of Pompeii
buried and burnt shells

ash filled the cracks in the cobblestones
frescos and mosaics splintered and fell
a city once full of life
snuffed out
gone in a day

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)

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