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

Ipswich Poetry Feast Encouragement Awards

Softly Burning Silence by Portia Clair Hoole (5-17 Years)

Death of the Brumbies by Pat Fennell (Open Age)

Down the ridge the brumbies gallop bayes and piebalds, greys and blacks

Manes and tail fly out in glory, sunshine gleams on satin backs

They can see their well loved windmill, shining silver in noon’s glare

When they rush to skidding standstill, trough is dry – no water there

Canter out and talk it over, underneath the spindly tree           

They will stand and wait with patience, water will come back, you’ll see

Baby foals take to suckle, mares and bucks check trough again,

Now they’re worried, and they’re thirsty – drying throats begin to pain.

Heat waves dance the dance of death, drying, scorching every throat,

Draining every drop of moisture., from each shiny, satin coat.

Slowly old ones prop and falter, fall down flat and cannot rise,

Only man can come to alter, halt the dread of their demise.

NO ONE CAME and one by one, the deadly work of thirst was done,

Bayes and piebalds, greys and blacks, lying dead in du


by Westside Christian College (School Winner)

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

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