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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

Atlas Shrugged by Brett Dionysius (First Prize)

Beneath Sovereign Pocket by Gill Jewell (Second Prize)

The newest of new suns rise over Sovereign Pocket.
Its light, crisp and oh so fresh, cast no shadow.
A planned development.
I strain to smell beneath its stemming road tar
the rich dirt that once was.

Was there water that trickled for a millennium of mornings
over the burnt yellow hill and valley?
when the rains came, did animals drown
or did they know the colours of the sky;
never trapped in sinking cars.

Then they knew when and where to run.
Not now with metal and rubber racing.
Sprawled bloody, legs bent and broken.
They could not read the light.
And so collides with unfathomable darkness.

With plastic and bricks, water is ”managed’,
directed this way and that.
The departing Kookaburras mock such certainty.
They have seen the sudden cascading deludes
washing, cleansing their land.

Beneath the grinding hum of builders can I hear
the very faint yet ever present rhythm of music sticks.
Are they singing creation home; to its centre deep within the earth?
Are they moving still through kitchen spaces and minimalist furniture?
ls this what lives between the light and darkness of Sunrise.

No Storm Water Drains by Gill Jewell (Third Prize)

Wedge Tail by Mary McCarthy (Highly Commended)

Camp Columbia by Brett Dionysius (Highly Commended)

Parrot, Parrot by Mary McCarthy (Highly Commended)

Ipswich on the Bremer by Maureen Clifford (Highly Commended)

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