Sponsors and Media
& Project Partners

The Ipswich Poetry Feast is an exciting initiative of the Ipswich City Council. Thanks to our Sponsors and Media & Project Partners for their valuable support!

Platinum Sponsor

Joy Chambers Grundy

Ipswich born author, poet, company chairman and business woman, Joy Chambers-Grundy has a deep love of the English word and is a proud advocate for our community.

Thank you for your support!

Gold Sponsors

Ipswich District Teacher-Librarian Network

Representing local primary schools, the Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network supports many initiatives including the StoryArts Festival Ipswich and Readers’ Cup.

River 94.9

While proud to be live and local in the Ipswich region, River 94.9 is also part of a network of radio stations that spans Australia.




University of Southern Queensland
School of Creative Arts



Speaking About Sponsors

by Robert Raftery, 2002

A poem about sponsors written for the Ipswich Poetry Feast Opening Celebrations on Sunday 17 November 2002.

“Often overlooked, sometimes ignored, neglected of mention and put to the sword, Seldom extolled, lightly accorded, born to the back stage where they are rarely rewarded,
But not at the opening of Ipswich’s Poetry Feast where sponsors are so delighted they’ll think that they’re blessed.

Well… where would we be without the Q.T?.. The Queensland Times,
Where we rarely have to sling the editor to publish our rhymes,
And without R.T. Edwards… as we head towards… 2003,
We’d be a bit light on fridges… CD’s… DVD’s… colour TV’s.
There’d be little to look at… for the likes of “you’s” and “me’s.”

And that state of nervousness if we didn’t have Ipswich Waste Services,
Imagine.. our industrial bins.. chockers… we’d all go clear off our rockers,
And our Ross Llewellyn Motors… with their mighty Holden’s and Toyota’s,
Inspired… fill their quotas… an auto-dealing ace,
Pumped with pride in place… from their sparkling Ipswich Base.

So let’s celebrate the Sponsors of this special event,
Show them that they’re special and that their money was well spent.”