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Rosewood Green Award – Open Age Local Poets

2017 Overall Winner & recipient of the Babies of Walloon bronze statuette

Chairperson’s School Award

Picture Ipswich Theme Awards

Chair’s Encouragement Awards

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

Red Dress on the Hill by Olivia Priddis (First Prize)

No Time for a Joy Flight by Portia Hoole (Second Prize)

A start awake in my downy nest, the wailings of hungry nestlings 
A painful growl, a yearning for nourishment
Swooping into a graceful dive, claws skimming dew-soaked grass
Wind whipping my face as I soar 
Up into ocean blue
Through the gentle stirrings of air
It billows under my cottony wings
Smooth and soft – perfect to glide
But I must remember my hungry nestlings
(This is no time for a joy flight)
Over fields, crowded with grasses, dotted with small, smiling ferns
Over flowers, pansies and posies, rainbows after the last downpour
Yet my mind is focused not on these wonders, but “What shall I have for breakfast?”
A plump mouse? A wriggling worm, perhaps?
I shall decide when I find the place
But I must remember my hungry nestlings
(This is no time for a joy flight)
An ecstatic tingling coursing through
My bones and my soft, downy fluff
Each stiff feather 
Quivers with delight
Right through a cloud
Coming out dripping
As if I dipped myself in the sea 
But I must remember my hungry nestlings
(This is no time for a joy flight)
A gentle dive, a long, arcing parabola
Through dark air, between the contorted, gnarled branches of evergreens
Mottled feathers mingling with sharp needles, no prey could see me now 
In the fertile ground, a pink, juicy worm
Head peeking above the earth
Swooping down, I can snatch it from safety
Oh! Yes I did
Hurtling back into cyan air, my heaven
I shall hurry home now 
To my dearest ones and my cosy hollow
I could not forget my hungry nestlings
(This is no time for a joy flight)

Pa’s Tale by Anna Davidson (Third Prize)

Grandma’s Cupboard by Jade Martin (Highly Commended)

Sister Sister by Rebecca Linton (Highly Commended)

Delicately by Talia Bulstrode (Highly Commended)

The Queen of Demons by Rebecca Linton (Highly Commended)

Rabbit Proof Fence (Ballad) by Hayley Victor (Highly Commended)

My Grandmother’s Masala by Soraiya Munshi (Highly Commended)

The Secret Life of a Clock by Rebecca Linton (Highly Commended)

The Education Of Lonely by Louis Langoulant (Highly Commended)

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years