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2020 Overall Winner & recipient of the Babies of Walloon bronze statuette

2020 Ipswich Poetry Feast Encouragement Awards

2020 Picture Ipswich Awards – Open Age

2020 Ipswich City Council Awards Open Age – Local Poets

2020 Joy Chambers & Reg Grundy Awards Open Age – Other Poetry

2020 Ipswich Poetry Feast Awards Open Age – Bush Poetry

2020 Ipswich City Council Award – 16-17 Years

2020 Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

2020 Broderick Family Awards 11-13 Years

Natsukashii by Caitlin McCusker (1st)

there was a time that we lived there
in the land of smiles and laughs
the fast food and shopping dates
captured in photographs

every other Friday spent
at each other’s houses
watching favourite movies
and eating ice cream on the couches

together we would live there
in the land of inside jokes
and share each other’s clothing
like we shared our dreams and hopes

now all I have are photographs
and memories of that place
since you included someone new
by unlocking the gates

they said their place was better so
you left and took the key
now I am trapped inside our place
with no way to break free

I try to reach out, searching
for the comfort I once knew
my hand becomes invisible
my body is see-through

my thoughts are now consumed
by all the words we left unsaid
like a cancer growing slowly
like a poison, they spread

our place becomes a wasteland
and the ruins begin to rot
I grow accustomed to the smell
of the mildew and moss

now in this place which we had built
once glorious and grand
there is nothing more than rubble
desolate, barren land

a return to former glory
is impossibly hard
when every entry is sealed
and every exit is barred

you erased this place from every map
and now I find myself lost
when you abandoned this land
I was alone, I was tossed

aside like our hopes and our dreams
and the old photographs
the movies and ice cream
the memories of our past

there is a term for it:
natsukashii it is called
a nostalgia for something
that is forever stalled

and that is what I feel
because now I have learned
there is no use for love
that goes unreturned

now here is my place
I made it my own
I no longer care
that it is overgrown

it matches my heart
with its crumbles and cracks
the barbed-wire fences
and skies painted black

for black is the colour
of grief and remorse
a spark is extinguished
deprived of its source

and though this may signal
the ending of us
alone in the darkness
my eyes will adjust

Yirrganydji Dreaming by Amaeh Reed (2nd)

Smoke by Isobel Riches (3rd)

Sun and Cloud by Alannah Buckingham (Highly Commended)

Hanahaki by Patricia Mabini (Highly Commended)

Flame by Isobel Riches (Highly Commended)

Outside is the Inside, Right? by Riley Gallagher (Highly Commended)

More Wishes by Hannah Randall (Highly Commended)

The Flying Dutchman by Hannah Oakley (Highly Commended)

Mosquito by Caitlin Mayo (Highly Commended)

Morning Routine by Meihsha Miller (Highly Commended)

2020 Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

2020 River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years