On Friday 11 April I travelled to Melbourne for the FAW National Literary Awards after learning that Confessional Box had won the 2013 FAW Anne Elder Award for a first book of poetry. This is such an amazing honour and I feel very privileged to be now listed alongside other winners of the award which stretch back to 1977, including some of my poetic heroes in Jean Kent and Sarah Holland-Batt (also both Queenslanders!).
The recognition is wonderful for Confessional Box, gives it great validation and has given my other projects a sense of renewed purpose. Some thank-yous:
The Fellowship of Australian Writers, the Anne Elder Trust, the judges of the awards, Walleah Press (Ralph Wessman and Jane Williams), the judges of the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Awards (this book is comprised of the two manuscripts I entered in these awards that were bridesmaids in 2011 and 2012), Maryanne Oliver for her original cover art, Jessica Fazakarley for the graphic design and my beautiful family who give me the support and the freedom to keep on pursuing my writing.
Thanks especially to Ralph at Walleah – for having the courage to publish my work as a first book and for being so wonderful to work with along the way. I was thrilled that Ralph and Jane could come over from Hobart to the awards and to be there when the book was announced as the winner. So fitting, given Jane is a previous winner of the Anne Elder Award herself!
A new run of the books have been printed, and these include the FAW acknowledgement on the cover. Please contact me directly (or visit the Walleah Press online shop) to grab a copy.