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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

Perspectives by Elizabeth Marsh (1st)

Our Mother's Struggle by Tessa Quinlan (2nd)

My Great Aunt's Piano by Annie Mellick (3rd)

mild chatter stumbled andante
through afternoon’s soft heat
past the orchard and
into the living room
met by the pleasant sight of
stale gingernuts and tepid earl grey tea

I sat numbly perched on a drab beige armchair
senselessly blowing against that chipped lip
beside that vague scent of autumn decay
as I shifted uncomfortably fixed in this dull space
of organic bleach and rust

urged to display some form of distant politeness
I drifted into a gratuitously dolce exchange of nothings
lost at the shape of their words
aided by quaking gestures of lost passions
yellowed smiles of faint memories
and sightless eyes of old and young alike

in that space air sat heavy
dense with canary days long forgotten
that first anxious downbeat
spurred the movement of those laden autumn leaves
stilling the beating of my restless limbs

she spoke softly through those keys
the politely lilting tune of hers
cyclical elegant familiar
nothing of the blustered crescendo

a song sought only a subtle existence
past the crass youth of spring
wearing the faded colours of fall
missed by the careless notice of us seers
she played brightly blindly kindly
that autumn afternoon

and so it sustained
that pulsing rhythm of marigold leaves
betraying some yawning notion of comfort
but my eyes too wide to hear
the stale breath of those mindless afternoons
swept on past that final fallen fermata.

Writing Poetry by Jhermayne Ubalde (Highly Commended)

When the Relatives Return by Penelope (Penny) Duran (Highly Commended)

The Christmas Paper Caper by Archer Bloomfield (Highly Commended)

How To Be Straight by Jhermayne Ubalde (Highly Commended)

Bible Study by Jhermayne Ubalde (Highly Commended)

Rain by Amy Nancarrow (Highly Commended)

Reflection of a Schoolgirl by Penelope (Penny) Duran (Highly Commended)

Tsunami by Holly Atherton (Highly Commended)

2020 Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

2020 Broderick Family Awards 11-13 Years

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

2020 River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years