It's Award Time
The 2014 Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards short list and Notable titles were announced recently with great news for several of our Fellows and colleagues.
Janeen Brian's book That Boy, Jack was among the Younger Readers Notables titles and was developed during her 2009 Brisbane-based Fellowship. (Her early years title I'm a Dirty Dinosaur, illustrated by Ann James, made it to the shortlist in the category Book of the Year: Early Childhood.)
Two Notable titles in the Older Readers category were Kelly Gardiner's The Sultan's Eyes, developed during her Fellowship in Brisbane in 2012 and Pamela Rushby's Flora's War, the research for which began during her 2007 Fellowship based in Canberra.
An Anzac Tale by Ruth Starke was among the Eve Pownall and Picture Book Notables. Greg Holfeld's 2012 Fellowship in Canberra contributed to the enormous amount of time he spent on its exquisitely imaginative and detailed illustrations. (An Anzac Tale also picked up a Bronze in the 2014 Ledger Awards for excellence in Australian comics.)
Sue Lawson has yet to have her 2014 Fellowship! Her title You Don't Even Know is listed as a Notable book in the Older Readers category. We're looking forward to seeing where her creative time in Adelaide in October will take her.
Our colleague Gabrielle Wang, like Janeen Brian, a member of our National Selection Committee, had her title The Wishbird nominated a Notable book for Younger Readers.
Many other 2014 notable and shortlisted authors and illustrators have enjoyed Creative Time Residential Fellowships with us in the past. Look them up under 'Alumni - First ten Years' if their Fellowship was before 2010 or as 'Our Fellows - 2010 onwards' if their creative time took place since then. These listings are a constant work in progress, in fact we're still catching up with several entries, so if you have snippets of information or updates, especially if it concerns your entry as one of our alumni, do get in touch!
Kelly Gardiner's wonderful character, Isabella Hawkins, sums up the value of your work and the work of the Trust when she says: "It feels as if each book is a treasure we give to anyone who ever reads the lines of print we make, absorbs the ideas, the poetry, the power in the words."
Congratulations one and all!