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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

Postcard by Janice Williams (1st)

Artefacts from my Grandmother's House by Vanessa Page (2nd)

Hello Girls Villanelle by Joe Dolce (3rd)

Hold the line, I’m trying to connect you.
The familiar greeting: What number please?
Five-minute timed breaks to visit the loo.

Bakelite phones were bright black when brand-new,
trunk calls took operator expertise,
hold the line, I’m trying to connect you.

Chest X-rays, tests for spelling and IQ,
‘How to Dial Cards’ for the customer’s ease,
five-minute timed breaks to visit the loo.

Doll’s Eye and corded switchboards put you through,
Supervisors on high chairs watched trainees,
hold the line, I’m trying to connect you.

Bells ringing, buzzing, plugs flying askew,
women working shifts, sore bums and sore knees,
hold the line, I’m trying to connect you,
five-minute timed breaks to visit the loo.

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

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