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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

Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

War Lion by Tessa Quinlan (1st)

A Good Morning by Holly Wallman-Craddock (2nd)

To Split A Pomegranate by Helen Lovegrove (3rd)

He Stole Excalibur from a Pawn Shop by Kirra Watkins (Highly Commended)

arthur was never a king.

arthur grew up on the streets of hackney,

scabs on his knees, dirt under his nails

and a couple of bullets tucked in the pocket of his jeans.


arthur was never a king.

arthur led a gang of boys who fancied themselves knights,

all huddled around a round table fashioned from tin scraps and tyres,

wondering how they’d get their next fix.


arthur was never a king.

arthur was a boy who couldn’t help his stare as she tilted her head and laughed in the sunlight,

who couldn’t help the way her name slipped from his lips like a prayer:



arthur was never a king.

arthur was a boy with a knack for leadership

and a taste for the way a gun fit in his hand.

his friends told him that whole armies were gonna follow him into war one day. (‘we’ll do it soon,’ they promised later that night, minds warm and foggy from the alcohol.)


arthur was never a king.

arthur was a heartbroken teenager who’d learned that love slips away in the cruelest of ways —

with your best friend,

while you’re busy running your cheap, cherished kingdom.


arthur was never a king.

arthur was a scrappy fighter who’d risk it all for his friends,

a battle-scarred kid who’d given outcasts more of a home than they would’ve dreamed of,

and who’d do it all again in a heartbeat, no matter the betrayal.


arthur was never a king.

but he would always be a leader.


JUST S(T)AY by Sally Bailey (Highly Commended)

Broderick Family Awards 11-13 Years

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years