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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

2021 River 94.9 Award – 8-10 Years

Kombumerri Dreaming by Allegra Clarke (1st Place )

Chernobyl by Clem Chapman (2nd )

Blazing fire dancing on the roof
Tendrils of blue smoke billowing mystically
Heat prickling my skin
A metallic taste in my mouth
People chattering as if nothing’s happened
Laughing, having fun

                        Panicked people pushing
                        Evacuation buses
                        Coming
                        Coming
                        Coming
                        Pounding of feet
                Parents crying as children are taken away

                                    Nothing
                                    Abandoned buildings
                                    Alone
                                    Red trees growing through windows
                                    Lonely textbooks left in school classrooms
                                    calling out for kids to use them
                                    Masked raccoons roaming the streets

How could this happen?

Lava by Mavis Colbert (3rd)

Catching My Breath by Marshall Millward (Highly Commended)

My Refuge by Samuel Hicks (Highly Commended)

My Teacher, the Adventure Story by Sophie Jo (Highly Commended)

Worst Camping Trip Ever by Clem Chapman (Highly Commended)

The Seizure by Zarah Soosaipillai (Highly Commended)

A Cell of Sickness by Francesca Dagge (Highly Commended)

The Fire Feast by Marcus Lau (Highly Commended)

A Summer Sunset by Aleefa Gould (Highly Commended)

Pollution by Babina Bhujel (Highly Commended)

The Eagle by Aleefa Gould (Highly Commended)