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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)

The Clothesline by Suzanne Dick (Highly Commended)

They once adorned all normal Aussie backyards.
Gaunt and grey, with arms out-stretched,
They bask in the sun.
They are turned by the wind,
Like a weather vane.
Festooned in washing,
The intimate items rubbing shoulders with the outside apparrel,
All are equals here,
With one purpose,
To get dry,
In sunlight and air, wind and warmth.

There are reasons why they stood time’s test,
No power hungry appliance can take the place,
Of sunlight and air, wind and warmth.

Time bought by a dryer is worth far less,
Than time spent outside,
Some solace from the day’s burden,
A breath of freedom,
In sunlight and air, wind and warmth.

Is that rain?
Helter skelter, watch them run!
Mum yells a call to arms.
Quick! The washing!
Gathered in, no worse for wear,
Disaster averted as the rain comes down,
We watch, panting, laughing and damp.

Children dangle like strange fruits on a galvanised tree.
They laugh and yell with delight,
Turned til they are dizzy,
Til they are caught in the act,
Echoing their parents childhood antics.
Playing outside
In sunlight and air, wind and warmth.

God hears whispered prayers,
Over loved ones garments, clean and fresh.
Gratitude for what we have,
Tears for what we have lost
Little limbs that grow so fast
In sunlight and air, wind and warmth.

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