Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards
14th February 2019
It was an absolute buzz to attend the VPLAs last month – many thanks to Black Inc for flying me down to Melbourne for it. Writing a novel means so many years of solitary work, just you and your laptop, that it’s important to celebrate every win you can along the way. And I don’t just mean the literary award wins – I mean all of them. Finishing a complete first draft, handing in the manuscript to the publisher for the first time, getting the first bound copy in the mail…the list goes on!
The highlights of attending the VPLAs were hearing the overall winner Behrouz Boochani accept his award via What’sApp from Manus Island (don’t get me wrong – I’d rather have heard it from him in person, free and walking amongst us, everyone would’ve, but it was moving and incredible to hear his emotion at winning…just brilliant) and hanging out with other wonderful writers, including my fellow YA shortlister Erin Gough and the winners of the YA category Ezekiel and Ambelin Kwaymullina (all pictured below).