2013 Voiceless Anthology Readers' Choice
It’s time to cast your vote for The 2013 Voiceless Anthology. Ten contributors are vying for the title of Readers’ Choice and the decision is in your hands.
Congratulations Freya - Book of the Year Award
We love Freya Blackwood’s illustrations and so do the judges of this year’s Children’s Book Awards with The Runaway Hug by Nick Bland and Freya Blackwood taking out Book of the Year: Early Childhood section of the Children’s Book Council of Australia 2012 Book of the Year Awards announced in time for Childrens Book Week celebrations. What a fantastic effort! To see all the winners head to the website www.cbca.org.au or check out the display at Orange City Library. WooHoo! Congratulations Freya!
Winners of the 2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards
Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Arts Minister Simon Crean today announced the winners of the 2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards at a ceremony at the National Library of Australia.
Gillian Mears won the fiction award for her novel Foal’s Bread while the award for poetry went to Luke Davies for Interferon Psalms.
The young adult fiction category was won by Robert Newton for When We Were Two and the children’s fiction award went to author Frances Watts and illustrator Judy Watson for Goodnight, Mice!
Mark McKenna won the non-fiction award for his book An Eye for Eternity: The Life of Manning Clark and the Prize for Australian History was awarded to Bill Gammage for The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia.
Now in its fifth year, the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards recognise and reward excellence in Australian literature and history.
In 2012 the winner of each category was awarded $80,000 and each shortlisted author received $5000.
For more information visit www.arts.gov.au/pmliteraryawards
2012 Banjo Paterson Writing Awards call for entries.
This year marks the 21st anniversary of the Banjo Paterson Writing Awards and to celebrate the occasion adult category winners will receive a limited edition Banjo bust sculpture by local artist Michael Lewis as part of their prize.
Poet, solicitor, journalist, war correspondent and ballad writer Andrew Barton Banjo Paterson (1864-1941) was born on February 17 and to celebrate his birthday Central West Libraries in conjunction with the Central West Writers Centre, The Central Western Daily and ABC Central West Radio announce the call for entries to the Banjo Paterson Writing Awards.
There are four categories: Prose or Short Story (Category 1), Open Poetry (Category 2), Bush Poetry (Category 3), and ABC Central West Radio Childrens Writing Awards.
The judges will also consider Children’s entries for the Yvonne Zola Encouragement Award named in honour of the late Yvonne Zola, who was an inspiring English teacher.
The competition closes on Friday 20 April 2012 and winners will be contacted by phone on Monday 25 June 2012. Entry forms and guidelines are available from Orange City Library, by phoning 6393 8120, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the website www.cwl.nsw.gov.au Good Luck!
More Children's Book Week Reviews
Noni the Pony by Alison Lester
The book has very simple illustrations and a very easy to read rhyme. The story is about Noni the pony, a very friendly pony who lives on a farm overlooking the sea. She has fun playing with her friend's Dave the dog and Coco the cat.
Anyone who loves horses and animals and has a sense of fun should enjoy this book.
Reviewed by Lyn
Maudie and Bear by Jan Ormerod and Freya Blackwood
A collection of short picture book style stories following the adventures of Maudie and her Bear. The collection includes an adaptation of 'Goldilocks' and 'The Snack' which develops into a delightful outdoor tea party. Maudie is a cute little old fashioned girl and bear is extremely large and cuddly. Freya's country style, detailed illustrations bring the simple text to life.
Every child would like a friend like Bear – I'd like one too!
Reviewed by Lisa
Noni the Pony was Shortlisted for the Early Childhood section of the CBCA Awards. This section was won by Maudie and Bear.