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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

Kelly's Corner by Heather Knight (1st)

Australis in Extremis by Catherine Lee (2nd)

A Simple Epitaph by Tom McIlveen (3rd)

Mallee Farmer by Max Merckenschlager (Highly Commended)

From Gallipoli with Love by Tom McILveen (Highly Commended)

Song of the Water-Lilies by Max Merckenschlager (Highly Commended)

Come Bridget, we’re charged by our doting Papa to dash on an errand as swift as the breeze

day shadows are stretching, our destiny’s far we’ll skirt round the valley of trees

and pond with its water-lilies

… those beckoning water-lilies.

Dear Mary, may I take my cane hoop and stick? I’m sure I can manage their actions with ease! No sister, they’d slow us. But if we are quick we’ll rest for a
spell `neath the trees

admire our water-lilies

and drink from the pond, if we please.

Let’s gather fresh lilies, a gift for Mama

see how they’re attracting the birds and the bees? We’ll pick some and give her new blooms in a jar a memory of home overseas

a snow-drift of water-lilies.

She’ll dream with her water-lilies.

Be careful sweet Bridget, you’re wading too deep! Reach here for my hand — now in panic you seize together we’re tumbling, soon we may sleep

for none hear our desperate pleas

they’re muffled by buffeting breeze

and song of the water lilies.

Our dresses and pinafores carry us down

our boots are laced tightly on stockings to knees we thresh and we flounder — I fear we may drown both clutching our water-lilies.

As bubbles rise softly and tease

we sink with our water-lilies.

The pallid white staring of infantile ghosts and voices of children in tragedy’s frieze shall spirit away;

joining Heavenly hosts drift off through the shadowy trees.

Two sisters at peace, no-one sees

sleep on with their water-lilies.

Walk a Mile in Our Shoes! by David Campbell (Highly Commended)

Ipswich City Council Award – 16-17 Years

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