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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)

take me back to banana milk days
i dont want to know that world history just means european history anyway

before i knew what calculus was or how to write A+ essays
i knew happiness didn’t only have to occur in hypnagogic haze

the avoid at all costs cracks in the pavement were ablaze
the answer to atlantis and escalators to exoplanets were hidden in sunshine rays

i miss floaties, flying, fruit juice boxes and fingers sticky with doughnut glaze
being held rather than being held accountable on display

remember when laughter was light and friendships were always
cant recall the last time a mirror gave me praise

back when I didn’t know how freeways differed from highways
i craved the snacks passed around during traffic delays

i dont want creepy men glancing at me not me sideways
let me cry without asking if its my menstrual phase

take me back to banana milk days
when I could scream and not be made to capitalise punctuate paraphrase

Her by Grace Lloyd (Highly Commended)

Little Blue by Katelyn Fanlagan (Highly Commended)

Our Sacred Land by Amaeh Reed (Highly Commended)

Tempest by Melody Cherrie (Highly Commended)

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

2021 River 94.9 Award – 8-10 Years