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Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2012

Winners of the fifth annual Prime Minister’s Literary Awards were announced today. The awards, ‘celebrate the contribution of Australian literature and history to the nation’s cultural and intellectual life’.

There are six categories – Fiction, Non-Fiction, Australian History, Young Adult Fiction, Children’s Fiction, and a Poetry award – the winners were selected from shortlists of five works in each category

The winners we are of course interested in are:

Young adult fiction – When We Were Two by Robert Newton  (Penguin)

Children’s fiction – Goodnight, Mice! By Frances Watts, illustrated by Judy Watson (Harper Collins)

It goes without saying that all other winners deserve big congratulations as do all short listed authors.

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Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2012 – Shortlist

The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlist was recently announced. To all the nominated children’s authors I want to say a huge congrats and good luck. Of course best wishes go out to all authors to make the lists. (I usually post cover pics with announcements like this but my internet is playing up – my apologies, just getting logged in was a trial)

Young Adult Fiction

Alaska – Sue Saliba

A Straight Line To My Heart – Bill Condon

Being Here – Barry Jonsberg

Pan’s Whisper – Sue Lawson

When We Were Two – Robert Newton

 

Children’s Fiction

Come Down, Cat! – Sonya Hartnett Illus. Lucia Masciullo

Evangeline The Wish Keepers Helper – Maggie Alderson Illus. Claire Fletcher

Father’s Day – Anne Brooksbank

Goodnight Mice! – Frances Watts, Judy Watson

The Jewel Fish of Karnak – Graeme Base

Australian Children’s Laureates

A huge congratulations must go out to Australia’s Inaugural Children’s Laureates – Alison Lester and Boori Monty Pryor.

These wonderful writers will hold the position for 2012-2013 with a new Laureate announced in 2014.

It is wonderful that we have such amazing writers to fill such positions.

Alison Lester has a career spanning over 20 years as both writer and illustrator. For a complete list of her titles go here. She has been shortlisted for and won awards including the CBCA Picture Book of the Year and the Prime Minister’s Awards.

She has been quoted as saying, ‘Every child has a story to tell. I’m looking forward to continuing my work with kids and helping them to turn their stories into books.’

Boori Monty Pryor is a native North Queenslander, a descendant of the Kungganji and Kukuimudji. His books have been highly commended in many ways including the CBCA Awards, various Premier’s Awards and the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. A list of his works can be found here. Boori writes about finding strength within to deal with the challenges without.

He has said that throughout his tenure he is looking forward to spreading ‘the write words to make ours a nation of readers!’

Once again a huge congrats to both of these fantastic children’s authors.

Further information on the Australian Children’s Laureate Initiative can be found here.

 

Prime Minister’s Literary Award Winners – 2011

Today saw the announcement of the Prime Minister’s Literary Award Winners. So here is a big congrats to children’s/YA authors:

Jan Ormerod and Boori Monty Pryor for Shake a Leg

and

Cath Crowley for Graffiti Moon.

Also congratulations to Rod Moss (non-fiction) and Stephen Daisley (fiction)

 

Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2011 – Short List

Today saw the announcement of the short list for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2011. Firstly a big congrats to all listed authors across the categories.

The two categories that are of particular interest to TheKylieVerse are: Children’s Fiction and Young Adult Fiction.

Children’s Fiction 

Why I Love Australia – Bronwyn Bancroft

Flyaway – Lucy Christopher

Now – Morris Gleitzman

April Underhill, Tooth Fairy – Bob Graham

Shake a Leg – Boori Monty Pryor and Jan Ormerod

Young Adult 

Good Oil – Laura Buzo

Graffiti Moon – Cath Crowley

The Three Loves of Persimmon – Cassandra Golds

About a Girl – Joanne Horniman

The Piper’s Son – Melina Marchetta

The complete list can be found here.

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