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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)


patron age 5 years                  patron age 16 years
mummy and baby                  m)Other
She feeds him 
breathing in his love              breathing in his Otherness
             heartbeat to heartbeat 
swaying and swaying            undulating and syncing
            beside the stove 
stroking                   sapping
            her skin 
soft like melted butter            supple like melted candlewax
           the colour of her milk 
           Silken fingers 
           trace his arm to elbow 
that feels like my butterfly net               textured like fraying gauze
seeking new ground;              mapping his callous;
exploring new creatures                       an early circumnavigator sketching
along my garden wall             a new and ragged coast

           reaching towards 
crossway between limbs                       jeering join where
          no hand sprouts 
          she intertwines 
          hers with his  
claws,                      claws rotten like abandoned ivory tusks
         helpless now 
         but sharp as sabres 
         She nurses him 
         on terracotta tiles 
with every hug of her love                     drowning in his Otherness
her helping hands                her mired palms
beetroot red                   blister red
         between his talons. 
        nurtured, he’ll augment 
And he is brave as a ship’s captain battling an angry storm,                                                     Yet will milk
the maternality now oozing from his lips
digs moats with his concave claws                                                   His Other limbs will find floor
and builds castles of mud in my                                                       His Other heart will beat stronger
garden, nodding and blooming with fresh herbs                                                        still syncopating with her weary
And within the space of no time at all                                                        minutes slowly separating seconds
I call him just as his Mummy does now,                                                    on the raise of Sabre claws she exhales
Jonathon, or Jo, just for short                          Into a quaver of warm milk
my adventurous friend                                    with empty cradling arms

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

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

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