Prizes, Pressures and Pleasures

Last night, I attended the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award’s presentation dinner to watch Brigid Lowry pick up the prize for Young Adult fiction for her stunning collection of short fiction and poetry, Tomorrow, all will be beautiful. Brigid gave a great speech about family, burnt broccoli, and youth literature.

As one of the judges, it was a relief to see the whole process finally, officially wrapped up. In hindsight, the best thing about being involved in the judging process of the PLA award was getting to know the other judges, Simmone Howell and Anna Ryan-Punch. They made the agonising process of coming up with the short-list much less traumatic than it could have been.

Last night’s event was big and glitzy and crowded so I’m hoping we’ll be able to have our own intimate post-judging celebration before too long. There’s nothing like sharing the pleasure of good books with other true book addicts.

Kirsty is an Australian author of books for children and young adults.

“Books are windows into other ways of being.”

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