It’s been nearly three days. You’d think I would have managed to post the news before now. But it took me by surprise, and it’s taken a while to come down to earth.
Last Friday, at the announcement of the WA Premier’s Book Awards,* I was awarded this year’s Western Australian Writer’s Fellowship. My fellow shortlistees were Lucy Dougan, Caitlin Maling, Rafeif Ismail and Carl Merrison, and it was a privilege to be in the company of these wonderful writers.
Congratulations to all the WA Premier’s Book Awards winners and shortlisted authors:
Unlike an award given for a published book, a fellowship is not a prize; it’s a contract. It comes with expectations and responsibilities, and I’m so excited about the work ahead. The fellowship will enable me to make substantial progress on the new novel I’m working on, set in Perth and Coolgardie during the 1890s—a story of emigration and racism and extraordinary social change.
My thanks to the WA Government, the State Library of WA and the judging panel for this unparalleled opportunity.
*The event was live-streamed on YouTube (the feed begins at around 6 minutes).
A few photos, courtesy of the State Library of Western Australia…
Susan Midalia, Jo Taylor, Amanda Curtin, Francine Nababan, Jan Nicholls
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Earlier this month, the Western Australian Minister for Culture and the Arts announced the shortlists for the 2019 WA Premier’s Book Awards, and I couldn’t have been more delighted, or surprised, to find myself shortlisted for the inaugural Western Australian Writer’s Fellowship.
It’s an honour to be in the company of this stellar group of writers. Thanks to the judges for making my year!
Shortlists for the three other awards being presented are as follows:
- Alicia Tuckerman, If I Tell You (novel, YA; Pantera Press)
- Dervla McTiernan, The Rúin (novel; HarperCollins Publishers)
- Renée Pettitt-Schipp, The Sky Runs Right Through Us (poetry; UWA Publishing)
- Gus Henderson, The Wounded Sinner (novel; Magabala Books)
- Laurie Steed, You Belong Here (novel; Margaret River Press)
Writing for Children
- Sally Morgan, illust. Craig Smith, Grandpa, Me and Poetry (Scholastic Australia)
- Mark Greenwood, illust. Andrew McLean, The Happiness Box (Walker Books Australia)
- Kelly Canby, The Hole Story (Fremantle Press)
- Barry Marshall & Lorna Hendry, illust. Bernard Caleo), How to Win a Nobel Prize (Piccolo Nero, Schwartz Publishing Pty Ltd)
- Kirsty Murray, illust. Karen Blair, Puddle Hunters (Allen & Unwin)
Daisy Utemorrah Award for Unpublished Indigenous Junior and YA Writing
- Paul Callaghan, ‘Coincidence’
- Kirli Saunders, ‘Mother Speaks’
- Karl Merrison & Hakea Hustler, ‘Tracks of the Missing’
Congratulations and good luck to all!