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Rosewood Green Award – Open Age Local Poets

Easter at the Coast by David Gagen (First Prize)

Where is Maggie Thatcher? by Gill Jewell (Second Prize)

When Gods Rules the Waves by David Gagen (Third Prize)

Behind a Perspex Screen by Leonie Parker (Highly Commended)

War on Terror by Brett Dionysius (Highly Commended)

They have lived through America’s longest war.
We analyse Wilfred Owen. Obscene as cancer they
mumble checking Facebook. Aleppo is on their
feed, a dead mother sitting upright holding her
dead baby next to her dead toddler: all dusted in
concrete flour. Grey ash faces as if in mourning.
They do not cry at the end of Gallipoli anymore.
They do not understand that rape is a war crime.
Teaching English is mostly just teaching history.
The Vietnam War is as abstract as disease before
vaccinations. They lack context like some bones
lack calcium. They form opinions haphazardly.
Acne breaks out like a bitter conflict over oil.
The Muslim students pray quietly out of sight.

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

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years