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Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

Ipswich City Council Awards Open Age – Local Poets

Broderick Family Awards 11-13 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)

Pomegranate. Often seen as the fruit
of passion. The fruit of tantalisation —
Persephone was trapped in the underworld
just by eating three of these seeds. It comes
from the Middle East. Remarkably hard
to open up without destroying,
it is like a treasure. Unlike a locked chest,
one needs to be very careful when handling.
Jackhammers or swords will not do.
No, this needs a small knife, water, a careful touch.
The seeds, arils, are surrounded by a small part of fruit.
In a sense, the pomegranate is a form
of an aggregated drupe, being composed
of many drupelets. The juice is very staining,
which is why water is handy, to place the arils
once taken out of their treasure chest.
When cutting one needs to be very careful
of piercing the arils. One cannot cut in too deep.
Once one cut is made, another needs to be made,
going from a tangent, creating in effect
the top of a triangle. Then, one can use
the tip of the knife to flick up the angle of skin,
so that one can grab it with the fingers
and peel it back. From here one can get rid of the knife.
Use the fingers to take off the first section of skin.
Using just the fingerpads, wobble and agitate
the arils so that one falls out. From there,
bend the arils so that they break at the connection
to the inner membranes. Make sure that they go
into water. The inner membranes need to be taken out,
so that one can get to the next layer of arils.
At some point, after some layers of arils
have been taken out, one can grab the sides
of the pomegranate and split it in half.

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

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

Ipswich City Council Award – 16-17 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years

Picture Ipswich Awards – Open Age

Ipswich Poetry Feast Awards Open Age – Bush Poetry

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

Joy Chambers & Reg Grundy Awards Open Age – Other Poetry

Ipswich Poetry Feast Encouragement Awards