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River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years

Metro Hotel Ipswich International Award – Open Age Bush Poetry

Picture Ipswich Theme Awards

Ipswich Poetry Feast Encouragement Awards

2018 Overall Winner & recipient of the Babies of Walloon bronze statuette

Rosewood Green Award – Open Age Local Poets

Joy Chambers & Reg Grundy Award – Open Age Other Poetry

Ipswich City Council Award – 16-17 Years

How to Write Poetry by Emerson Hurley (First Prize)

First Performance in Leningrad by Emerson Hurley (Second Prize)

Emerging from the shifting rubble
whose shape suggests it might, once,
have been a city – here
a mordant of stonework
from the baroque façade of a church, there
the form of a wide, sonorous boulevard –

a disparate mass of hungry people,
shuffling with its newspapers
for feet, its bent heads and
sticks for hands, its
longings shrouded in overcoats,

lurches as one towards the concert hall.
Onstage, I croak my reed
to split the silence.
The maestro has returned
from sleepless Odessa, the baton
nods in his grip,

his eyes, darting, count
the chairs that stand
empty, marking the places of those
among us who have gone
to play second fiddle to the angels

and left the music of the groaning world
behind. If, in the instant as the baton rises,
there is a hush, no one notices;
if for a moment the voiceless heart
betrays the speechless mind
neither heart nor mind know it.

Last week I died,
anonymous among
the rubble of my apartment;
a chair is left out for me. I

will have no other gravestone.
Amongst these harmonies
that leap like sheets of fire
into the air, between the pinnacles

of all the awe and suffering
those trembling hands could summon,
I am laid to rest.

Those wind-swept people wept to hear it.

Her Guitar by Brenda Tan (Third Prize)

We Do Not See the Moon by Maja Vasic (Highly Commended)

Echo and Narcissus, the B-Sides by Erika Strehler (Highly Commended)

A Yellow Envy by Brenda Tan (Highly Commended)

Dead Souls, Pt. III by Emerson Hurley (Highly Commended)

Crown of Thorns by Isabel Mitchell (Highly Commended)

Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

Broderick Family Award – 11-13 Years

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years