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.
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
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
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.
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
Cath Crowley for Graffiti Moon.
Also congratulations to Rod Moss (non-fiction) and Stephen Daisley (fiction)
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.
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
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.