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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

A Friendly Warning by Cassandra Farthing (1st)

In Training by Robert Chapman (2nd)

The car is parked
I have my joggers on
With jaunty steps
I’m off for a run…
I’m in training.

Up the stairs
Two at a time
Platform one
On the Springfield line.
Cautious…
In training.

The hunched torpedo
Is ready for flight
Constrained by rails
Rhythm and might.
Apprehensive…
In training.

Hieroglyphs on the window glass
Scratchings to be free
From constraints
Or responsibility.
Rebellious…
In training.

Hair-brushed people
Fleeing match-box homes
Morning fresh
Attached to mobile phones.
Trapped…
In training.

Without warning, a voice from above
Like Noah and the ark
“If this is your station
Prepare to disembark.”
Obedient…
In training.

Now at command central
The prescribed destination
It’s time to question
Life’s final station.
Challenge…
The training.
But – mind the gap!

No Ambrosia by Kel Wheeldon (3rd)

Joe's Mate by Maureen Clifford (Highly Commended)

Just a Little Drop by Francis Kelly (Highly Commended)

The Clothesline by Suzanne Dick (Highly Commended)

Run by Cassandra Farthing (Highly Commended)

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

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

2020 River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years