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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

Fishing Ever After by Sophia Brady (5-17 Years)

The Fossicker by Melissa Harrison (Open Age)

Cool air of early morning, sunrise redder than the dirt
Dusty, beat up singlet and a trusty flanno shirt
An honest pick and shovel (bloody none of that high tech)
Water, check. Sunscreen, check. Worn in old Akubra, check.

Wrens and Willy Wagtails, magpies and cicada sounds
Smell of eucalyptus and the sun warming the ground
Stillness in the landscape. Peace that settles in the bones
A determined, rugged hunter and the quarry: lovely stones

Violet fire in amethyst when held up to the sky
Hematite, red jasper and the gleam of tiger eye
Smoky quartz and garnet – ruby red and rich as blood
Tumbled in a dying river bed, uncovered by a flood

Geometric beauty in these precious stones of worth
Hexagons and pyramids, perfect columns in the earth
Brilliant blue kyanite, lagoon Aquamarine
Silver micah shale and watermelon tourmaline

Fossicking through clay, rocky sediment and sand
At last! A tiny treasure, gleaming in his dusty hands
To him, a warm and living thing. Quiet, old and wise
Presence gentle to the heart and lustre lovely to the eyes

Back at camp before the twilight, spuds a-roasting in the embers
Cracks a tinny from the solar fridge, relaxes and remembers
That brilliant clustered amethyst – the harvest of the day
Foraged near a craggy outcrop, dug into a sandy cave

It’s a vast and endless sky out here, a sea of starry night
Sometimes a falling meteor, a stunning flare of light
In the dark a single fire. A man alone, but not alone
Wood smoke in his hair and a tenderness for stone

by Holy Cross School (School Award)

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

Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

Broderick Family Award – 11-13 Years

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years