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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 )

For 40 000 years, our culture has survived.
The oldest known people on our prized planet.
Surviving through stories, through music, through dance.
Dreamtime weaves itself into our beings.
Ancestorial songs flow through our veins.
Numbin janigam.

Custodians of country, we respect and protect the surrounds.
The animals, the landscapes, the language, and people.
Past, present and future.
From the ngarehr screeching in the sunny sky, to the nguhnybah slithering beyond
Our feet; we cherish them all.
Garihmala gali jagun

I stand a proud Kombumerri girl,
Committed to my culture, my connection to land, and Dreaming.
Yet, my reflection speaks a difficult truth.
Sapphire eyes and paperbark hued skin contrasts that of my father’s elders.
Flowing locks, not dissimilar to bark of an ancient ghost gum, portray my mother’s heritage.
Jundi wunjar-jam

Displacement. Disillusionment.  Disenchantment.
Dreamtime remains within my soul, yet a larger dream calls.
A dream that celebrates differences.
A dream that unites our nation.
The dream of acceptance for all people.

Note: Translations from Yugambeh Language
Numbin janigam – The house is strong.
Ngarehr- Black cockatoo
Nguhnybah- Red belly black snake
Garihmala gali jagun- Respect this land
Kombumerri – a clan of the Yugambeh people
Jundi wunjar-jam – Speak truth


Chernobyl by Clem Chapman (2nd )

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)