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2021 Joy Chambers & Reg Grundy Awards Open Age Poetry

2021 Picture Ipswich Awards – Open Age

2021 Broderick Family Awards – 14-17 Years

To Be a Moth in a Butterfly Garden by Syazwani Saifudin (1st Place)

Crying at the Nail Salon by Josie Minz (2nd Place)

family portrait carved in wood by Syazwani Saifudin (3rd Place)

riptide by Portia Claire Hoole (Highly Commended)

Ambedo Street by Sarah Campbell (Highly Commended)

listen by Syazwani Saifudin (Highly Commended)

Her by Grace Lloyd (Highly Commended)

Little Blue by Katelyn Fanlagan (Highly Commended)

Our Sacred Land by Amaeh Reed (Highly Commended)

The afternoon breeze gently ripples through the peaceful billabong,
Perched high on gum tree branches, rosella’s sing their sunset song
Children climb wattle trees, picking clusters with delicate care
The winds are their ancestor’s whispers, floating gently on evening air

As the sun sinks slowly in the west, darkness descends upon the land
Ancient people gather by firelight, families, hand in hand.
Songs, dances and stories, illuminated by the moons delicate light
The land breathes soft and peaceful, on this crisp Autumn night

But one morning, the peace was shattered, the birds, they did not sing
For over the eastern horizon, the restless tides did trouble bring
On sailing ships, the White Ghosts came, their colours hoisted high
They raided our sacred places, fire sticks raised to summer sky

And so, the storms of terror broke, with violence unforeseen
Our tranquil billabong destroyed, where our people’s spirits had always been
The invaders brought separation, destruction and decimation,
Stole our land, some our lives, but never the heart of this, our nation

Listen carefully, if you will, to the secret trickle of the billabong,
And surely, if you are still enough, you’ll hear our people’s song
Never to be swept away, we are eternal footsteps in golden sand
Always was, always will be, our sacred land

Tempest by Melody Cherrie (Highly Commended)

2021 Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 11-13 years

2021 River 94.9 Award – 8-10 Years