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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

2020 Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

The Satanic Verses by Michael Swift (1st)

Golden Hour by Portia Claire Hoole (2nd)

you’ve changed me in little ways. from you
I’ve learnt that angels smell like honeysuckle, and sunsets taste like caramel syrup, and
June belongs in November
(laughing in the heady copper heat, lying dizzy under burning skies).

when I remember summertime, I remember us
daisy chains and cherry stains,
sweet bright daylight on my tongue,
lemonade and sunflowers and butterflies and coffee and you, always you, dancing like a goddess in the afternoon glow.

but I met you in the wintertime
(and you were a fragile creature
hoping but never dreaming,
praying every morning for the sun to bring you flowers)

I used to find you in small quiet places
in dollar shops and clothing stores
in galleries and libraries and
drinking weak coffee on park benches.

and you were heavenly in the small quiet places
cursive handwriting and vanilla perfume
and art and music and wide white smiles and
gifts of warmth and laughter.

and I can still see you in the small quiet places
see you in your favourite books and in strings of pearls,
and even though you hated being trapped, I’m still drawn to the
pieces of you caught in your coffee order and in thick impasto daisies.

summer was like rapture
and you blossomed in the long days and mild nights
all sweet scents and bright colours
drawing me closer, a moth to your inferno

perfect. imperfect in your perfection. frayed lace and
fumbling fingers and
freckled cheeks and
Narcissus in disguise

and I clutch onto every detail, afraid to lose you and
your summer in my fairytales
terrified that I’ll forget you like you’ve
already forgotten me.

so, in the winter, I cling to every memory, every hint of you, every piece of paper with June scrawled in the margins
your name
(still warm under my fingertips)
painting my daydreams golden.

My Mother’s Tongue by Taehee Ahn (3rd)

Ode to Farmhouse Soup by Saskia Flemming (Highly Commended)

Game: LIFE by Lyn Duong (Highly Commended)

Higanbana by Lyn Duong (Highly Commended)

Vanity Mirror by Livinia Tamara (Highly Commended)

Artemis by Charlotte Ryan (Highly Commended)

The Chocolate Soldier by Michael Swift (Highly Commended)

Bark in the Blaze by Alan Madappatt (Highly Commended)

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