NT Book of the Year 2016!

27th July 2016
Nona & Me

With Johanna Bell at the NT Book of the Year Awards 2016

Thrilled to announce that Nona & Me is the joint winner of Territory Read 2016, the NT Book of the Year Award, along with Mary Anne Butler‘s fantastic play Highway of Lost Hearts. Got this snap with the wonderful Johanna Bell who, aside from being a great friend, author, and the creative producer of Spun, took out the NT Literary Awards Short Story category.

And to top off all that good news, I have a little Cinderella story for you. This evening, getting ready for the awards, I found all my shoes had fallen victim to the wet season. One pair had hints of mould, another looked scruffy, a third had elastic that had lost its stretch. Yes, I only have three pairs that are potentially worthy of wearing out – clearly not a shoes girl! I had Birkenstocks…but even in the NT surely Birkenstocks aren’t suitable awards attire…are they?

Then I remembered this pair of magical red shoes I had tucked away in the back of my cupboard. I call them my Laurie Halse Andersen shoes because she actually found them in an op shop when we were travelling around regional Victoria talking about our books to high school students as part of the Reading Matters Festival 2015. She found them, but they didn’t fit her…so she passed them on to me…and voila…they were a perfect fit. And now here I was, with no shoes to wear…and these luminous red heels suddenly reappeared in time to trot onto the stage and claim my award. Might have to rename them my lucky shoes! 

They even made a bookmark! I get a buzz out of seeing my son use it to mark the chapter books he has only just learned to read.

Cinderella style…


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