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

Ipswich Poetry Feast Encouragement Awards

Picture Ipswich Awards – Open Age

Ipswich City Council Awards Open Age – Local Poets

Joy Chambers & Reg Grundy Awards Open Age – Other Poetry

Ipswich Poetry Feast Awards Open Age – Bush Poetry

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)

Father Time by Allegra Pestell (Highly Commended)

Coughing up Wildflowers by Hunter Smith (Highly Commended)

a wattle seed was planted in my brain
mustard. it blossomed so
I began coughing up wildflowers.
puffy from the allergy
honey bled from my ears. bees migrated
just to start a hive in my mind
as if it wasn’t already loud enough.
the nurses came. black jelly beans for weeks
the bitter ones. aniseed
and lots of cigarettes. breathing
down the cinnamon
until that hive was charcoal, and lonely
wasting away the wattle works best
they told me.
but I still woke up every night. prescribe nightmares
said the doctor. long ones, like death.
yet sprout they still did, pink
in my throat until I spoke
a new tongue. wildflower
feed her soap
until her cheeks strawberries and her
skin cream, They said.
the blossoms blossomed


This System by Sophie van der Helder (Highly Commended)

Her Own Knight by Penelope Duran (Highly Commended)

Hermann Göring by Oscar Townsend (Highly Commended)

Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

Broderick Family Awards 11-13 Years

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years