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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

Zipper by Sonya Frossine (First Prize)

Marking of a Printed Title by Sidney Boen (Second Prize)

Lament for Bruadair by Clare O’Sullivan (Third Prize)

Commuter’s Requiem by Luke Bradshaw Poier (Highly Commended)

The Man from Serayu River, an adaption of Banjo Patterson’s poem ‘The Man from Snowy River’ by Emily Bradley (Highly Commended)

There was movement on the streets, for the word had passed around
One more boat from the Serayu before dusk away,
Ten people across and five people wide,
These greyed boards weighed down, centimeter perfect tessellation.
Two red canisters bleeding petrol, five rusted canteens,
A worn out motor, no bigger than the smallest child.
This tired battalion weathered from a war of will,
A final coup de main for a land girt by sea.
So he enlisted – promised boundless plains to share,
Facing the Indian breach with compass confidence.
The Captain orders forth, and on walk his companions,
In the shadow of the Southern cross.
These uniforms see tanned pastures,
But the bruised blues persist.
A grainy image in their left breast pocket,
Of her golden soil awaiting.
This tank faces roads rougher than you can imagine,
Night and sea blurred to cosmic confusion,
And the man from Serayu River never shifted in his seat –
For through eternal artillery this hull won’t surrender.
It’s no man’s land out here, where stars are long extinguished,
No constellation can solace the weeping wooden soldier;
The ebb and flow of untamed current,
Teasing optimistic estimations.
And down by limestone laments, where lone eucalyptus stand ground,
Their watchful gaze sees tired troops approach,
For the first time all is quiet, no shells washed ashore.
The feeble fighters gently drift to armistice
And where around the river mouth the peppermint shade welcomes,
The land will turn against again; our battle is not over.
This battalion a household topic, front page black and white,
But this Victoria Cross is wooden.

Outro Requiem by Isabel Longbottom (Highly Commended)

Have you heard of the girl who breathes flowers? by Lauren Rawlings (Highly Commended)

Mum by Rahim Mohammadi (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