After the announcement of the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlist this week we would like to offer our congratulations to all of those shortlisted, but especially to our friends Tohby Riddle and Giramondo Publishing. Author and illustrator Tohby Riddle’s The Greatest Gatsby: a visual book of grammar (Penguin Random House Australia) has been shortlisted for the Children’s Fiction category and Michael Farrell’s Cocky’s Joy (Giramondo) and Lisa Gorton’s The Life of Houses (Giramondo) have both been shortlisted in the respective categories of Poetry and Fiction. We eagerly await the results!
Another big congratulations to our friend James Roy, whose One Thousand Hills (co-written with Noël Zihabamwe) has taken home the Young People’s History Prize in the 2016 NSW Premier’s History Awards. This fictionalised account of Noël’s childhood tells the story of Pascal, an adolescent Tutsi survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Read more about their collaboration in this week’s Sydney Morning Herald.
Further congratulations are extended to Mark Tredinnick, poet and friend of WestWords, for being awarded the 2016 ACU Poetry Prize for his work The Horse. Written for his daughter Lucy, The Horse is a powerful and emotional piece.
Hats off to Tohby, Giramondo, James and Mark. Such prestigious awards are well-deserved by all!