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Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

Ipswich City Council Awards Open Age – Local Poets

Broderick Family Awards 11-13 Years

Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

Ipswich City Council Award – 16-17 Years

Cross Words by Penelope Duran (1st)

Wash, Rinse, Repeat by Penelope Duran (2nd)

Cerulean by Penelope Duran (3rd)

Soft Morning by Maja Vasic (Highly Commended)

Softly through the curtains
the light of the harsh sun spills.
Morning, come again:
subtle as a whisper, soft as a dream,
languorous and chaste
and yearning to be real.

Here in the shallows
you rise from sleep, undeliberate.
Heavy limbs stirring, dark eyelashes
parting slowly, you wade
to the banks of the day.

These slow, hazy moments
wash away, slide soundless
from your skin and then
movement, motion, round
the house and out the door

And in the jolting
wakened world, you board
the bustling bus, clutch coffee,
answer calls and hurtle
into another routine day.

But left behind, like sheets pulled back
the morning’s softness lies
discarded
on your bedroom floor,
waiting
to be slipped back on, slid back into,
in another soft moment, another
morning, unperturbed.

Father Time by Allegra Pestell (Highly Commended)

Coughing up Wildflowers by Hunter Smith (Highly Commended)

This System by Sophie van der Helder (Highly Commended)

Her Own Knight by Penelope Duran (Highly Commended)

Hermann Göring by Oscar Townsend (Highly Commended)

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years

Picture Ipswich Awards – Open Age

Ipswich Poetry Feast Awards Open Age – Bush Poetry

2019 Overall Winner & recipient of the Babies of Walloon bronze statuette

Joy Chambers & Reg Grundy Awards Open Age – Other Poetry

Ipswich Poetry Feast Encouragement Awards