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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)

where do the birds go, when bombs and rockets steal their skies?
where do they fly? 
fire blots out the stars above a landscape imploding
how many lives is a piece of land worth?
mine? yours? our childrens’? 
should we have asked ourselves that question
before we plunged our spades into the torn-up earth to dig their graves?
the birds leave 
hard metal wings of planes replace their softly feathered ones
birds feel no hate
so why must they suffer for ours?
they wonder why we fight
we wonder too
are age-old prejudices and conflicts worth a life today?
one day let the birds come home
to Palestine, to Israel 
to peace

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)

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