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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)

I won’t have a clock in my house now.
The rhythmic tick tock,
infuriating, irritating, incessant.
A reminder of who I couldn’t be.

My life, just a minute.
My success, just a captured second.
My failure, just a meaningless moment.
But not meaningless to me.

Cruel time is fleeting,
my time is passing,
this time could be different.
So they say.

He is a thief.
Stealing my laughter,
my youth,
my pride.
I blame him for my misery.

He could be a wise man.
Spreading his wisdom,
teaching lessons for all,
but instead he refuses.
He does not answer my calls.

He should be a healer.
A salve for my grazes,
a crutch for my ailments,
a bandage for my scrapes,
but he refuses to heal my wounds.

I feel he moves too slowly,
or too swiftly.
I feed his insatiable hunger,
or idly sit,
letting him silently slide by.

I waste him.
Misuse him.
Abuse him.
Thinking he will last forever,
I let him run past me,
but he stumbles on,

long after I’m gone.


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)

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