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River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years

Metro Hotel Ipswich International Award – Open Age Bush Poetry

Bluey by Tom Mcilveen (First Prize)

Billy Backytin by Glenny Palmer (Second Prize)

The Morning Star by Bruce Simpson (Third Prize)

She - Ode to the Wind by Mal Beveridge (Highly Commended)

On Alison Bridge by Zillah Williams (Highly Commended)

Hearts of the Wattle by Mal Beveridge (Highly Commended)

Hearts of the Wattle.

And now you’ve gone. My heart lies cracked and broken.
The transport ship has disappeared to sea
to carry you with dreams we’ve dared not spoken
across the world and far away from me.

Be still my heart! My love is not forsaken
and should your touch be ever lost to me
I think my heart should sleep and ne’er awaken
and never blooms again the wattle tree.

When wattle blossoms open dense and quilted
once more I’ll cast my eyes across the sea
and call your name until the bloom is wilted
and time farewells the scent of wattle tree.

Be still my heart! Now rest and never waken
‘til comes the bloom upon the wattle tree.
Be still and wait, although the wattles taken
another year of you away from me.

Be still my heart! The waiting wattle’s matching
my silence at the berthing of the ships.
Am I awake? Is that your kiss I’m catching?
Your promises are hot now on my lips!

Be glad my heart! Now mend and no more breaking,
for grows that bloom that held your love for me.
Together now, two hearts will soon be making
one life beside that faithful wattle tree.

Nothing Much to Tell by Tom Mcilveen (Highly Commended)

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

Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

Broderick Family Award – 11-13 Years

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years