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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 )

Lava by Mavis Colbert (3rd)

I just sit and stare, hardening
It’s not fair! They love her more than me!
They use her for drinking and gardening
She makes them live and I kill them you see?
I want to be useful for something
Something not horrible and cruel
I used to be nice and lovely  Steaming your relaxation pools
Water was Natures’ favourite That made me steamy and mad
Mother Mountain adopted me And for once I was glad
Now Mother Mountain’s a volcano with me inside
But there’s only so much a mother can take
She gives me a place to hide Away from Waters’ Lake
Water lives in a hole like me But hers is where people can see
I live in darkness and fear hiding
Knowing only mother cares for me
When you mortals upset Mother Volcano
She rumbles at me to leave with stealth
So with her help I head for the city
To tell you, “I’m lonely and don’t care for your health!” Water is now lonely
And the lucky ones who made it won’t be coming back
Sure I’ll  harden but we’ll both find ourselves
           Back in the city coming for you and I’ll  attack


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)