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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

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

Wise Beyond My Years by Finn Mulvogue (1st Place)

Disparate Deserts by Tanishkaa Ramesh (2nd Place)

Bullets rain on us.
One skims my arm,
Another
finds a mark on a friend.
The taste of blood hangs,
metallic,
In foreign air.

Blinding light
Illuminates an Afghan landscape,
As we claw our way through
Loose, golden sand.
We are told to never trust.

“That young man,
For example,
who shook your hand?
Perhaps he plants landmines
with the same ones.”

I stop making eye contact.

One day,
They tell us to retreat.
And, when we do,
We are passed red-faced, wailing infants.
Their parents’ voices masked,
Among tears and shouts and screams.

And my thoughts
Return home
To scorching red earth and blue sky,
Beach stalls and ice-cream,
A night cracked open by lightning.
Birdsong in morning sunlight
And at dusk.
Australia –
Wilful, wild, free.

Through My Window by Tanishkaa Ramesh (3rd Place)

Fire by Grace Moore (Highly Commended)

The Deadly Race by Alyssa Beauchamp (Highly Commended)

Footprints by Sahaj Kaur (Highly Commended)

Always Remember by Alyssa Mayo (Highly Commended)

In The City by Silas Lear (Highly Commended)

My Gunhi by Syon GuruPrasad (Highly Commended)

Hope by Zara Beveridge (Highly Commended)

The Darkness by Abigail Bull (Highly Commended)

Accepted by Angela Jins (Highly Commended)

Tornado by Alyssa Beauchamp (Highly Commended)

2021 River 94.9 Award – 8-10 Years