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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)

No Ambrosia by Kel Wheeldon (3rd)

Joe's Mate by Maureen Clifford (Highly Commended)

Just a Little Drop by Francis Kelly (Highly Commended)

Sorry Lord to bother you,
But here I’m asking again,
If you could send just a little drop,
Just a little drop of rain.

My cattle are all dying,
The crops already dead,
Struggling to find some money,
To keep my family fed.

Last year I had good corn,
With the drought comes the dry,
I have let my dear family down,
And I feel like I could die.

The banker he is here right now,
He’s closing up my gate,
Politicians are saying the funding,
Is “Too little and too late”.

I tend the ground, I plant some crop,
But it is all in vain,
If we don’t get just a little drop,
Just a little drop of rain.

Wishing for something to grow,
No nutrients to be found,
All I see is a huge dust bowl,
For many miles around.

Some give up, others give in,
Whilst few continue to fight,
We work our hands right to the bone,
Until late into each night.

Hay Angels are just up my road,
I can see them very plain,
But their feed won’t last that long,
Without just a little drop of rain.

So here I am on bended knee,
My hope and faith has withered thin,
Storm clouds roll with thunder,
But not with water on my skin.

For the sake of the lucky country,
Join with me in this refrain,
We need a drop, just a little drop,
Just a little drop of rain.

If you don’t believe in God,
I ask that you try again,
To pray to him and ask for,
Just a little drop of rain.

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