Posted on December 6, 2018 by ACT Writers Centre
Canberra-based poet and Barkindji man, Paul Collis, has been awarded the ACT Book of the Year at our ACT Writers Centre Publishing and Awards Night for his work Dancing Home.
The Centre’s awards evening and Christmas party, held on Thursday 6 December at the Ainslie Arts Centre, brought together over 100 members of the arts, writing and publishing community to celebrate and recognise creative works.
Michael Pettersson, Member for Yerrabi, made the presentations for artsACT’s ACT Book of the Year, for which 5 writers were shortlisted:
We also presented our family awards and fellowships:
The June Shenfield Poetry Award, judged by Anne Shenfield and Lesley Lebkowicz was awarded to Natalie Cooke, for her poem, Incursion, Extinctions.
The Marjorie Graber-McInnis Short Story Award, judged by Allison Booth:
Amanda McLeod, Loyal Animals
Kerrie Nelson for the story, Rollover.
Pamela Blakeley, #CaraToo
Maurits Zwankhuizen, Shade
The Anne Edgeworth Young Writers Fellowship, was presented to Gemma Killen by Anne Edgeworth’s son, Tony Godfrey-Smith. Gemma will receive support from the Trust for assistance with a program to help her develop her craft and skills in writing for the screen with a focus on comedy scripts. Her current project is to write about the everyday experiences of LGBTQI people.
ACT Publishing Awards
Our ACT Publishing Awards were founded in 2004 to recognise, reward and promote writing by ACT region authors that has been published by small publishers or been self-published. The Centre administers these awards, which are presented to works published in 2017 across 4 categories: Fiction; Nonfiction; Children’s books and Poetry.
The Fiction category was judged by Jack Heath and Claire Leyton
The Nonfiction category was judged by Karen Middleton and Zoya Patel
The Children’s category was judged by James Redden and Penny Davis
The Poetry category was judged by Lesley Lebkowicz and Shane Strange
Other highlights of the night included a beautiful reading of poetry by ACT Book of the Year winner, Paul Collis. He read a selection of short poems, covering love, loss and pain, family, country and culture.
Changes to Our Team
Our awards evening was also the perfect opportunity to welcome Paul Bissett, Interim Director of the Centre for the past six months, as our permanent Director.
We bade farewell to outgoing Director, Sarah Mason, as well as former Office Manager and Communications Officer, Elisabeth Howie. Current outgoing Communications Officer, Sophie Mannix was recognised for her contribution to the Centre since 2014, and Claire Delahunty was welcomed as our new Communications Officer. We also farewelled our Deputy Chair, Rachelle Hare.
As the formal part of the evening wrapped up, we took the opportunity to thank our generous friends, volunteers and the whole Writers Centre Board for their hard work and support in 2018.
We’d like to reiterate this thanks to: intern Jo Christophers; workshop volunteers Josh Miles and Elizabeth Muller; ‘unofficial tech support’, Nathaniel Bloomfield and volunteer news editor Phillip Berrie, who was conferred a lifetime Membership by the Centre.
To our sponsors and partners: artsACT; The Australia Council; Bytes n Colours; Harry Hartog; Eden Road Wines; Canberra Community Art Space; University of Canberra; UNSW Canberra; National Library of Australia; Street Theatre; Sue Terry (Whispering Gums); Canberra Writers Festival; First Nations Australia Writers Network; Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres – our sincerest thanks, for supporting us in our simple mission, developing writers and their work.