A few days ago the shortlists for the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards was announced by Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Arts Minister Tony Burke.
From children’s books that excel in the art of storytelling through to revealing works of non-fiction and history, the 29 books on the 2013 shortlists represent the breadth and depth of the Australian story and imagination.
Now in their sixth year, the shortlists recognise the best in Australian fiction, poetry, non-fiction, history, young adult and children’s fiction published in 2012. A tax free prize of $80,000 will be awarded to the winner of each of the award categories. Shortlisted entries receive $5,000 tax free.
The 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlists are:
Prize for Australian History
The Sex Lives of Australians: A History by Frank Bongiorno
Sandakan by Paul Ham
Gough Whitlam by Jenny Hocking
Farewell, dear people by Ross McMullin
The Censor’s Library by Nicole Moore
Red by Libby Gleeson
Today We Have No Plans by Jane Godwin and illustrated by Anna Walker
What’s the Matter, Aunty May? by Peter Friend and illustrated by Andrew Joyner
The Beginner’s Guide to Revenge by Marianne Musgrove
Have you read any of the shortlisted books? Which would you nominate to win?
Another beautiful, intricate book sculpture has been left in Edinburgh, this time at Leith Library.
The book sculptures started appearing in various places around Edinburgh in 2011. They were left with the message: ‘in support of books, libraries, words, ideas’. To this day the identity of the enormously gifted sculptor remains unknown. The sculptures are dotted around the town in the places they were originally left – The National Library, Edinburgh Central Library, The Scottish Poetry Library and The Scottish Storytelling Centre.
Are you back from your travels? Where did you go? Somewhere warm now that winter is here? Somewhere much colder; there’s all those Scandinavian crime novels to chill you to the bone? Did you try a new time or dimension? Let someone else know and join in the live twitter discussion next Tuesday25 June starting at 8pm Australian Eastern Standard Time. Use the tags #faraway and #rwpchat as you discuss the reading, watching, playing in time and space.
The Twitter book group meets on the last Tuesday of every month so pop that in your diary, smartphone, MS Outlook, or tattoo it on your arm. Just remember and join in!
For the next two weeks there is an exhibition of stamps, First Day Covers, coins and medals, many rare or unique, commemorating the Crossing of the Blue Mountains on show at Springwood Library.
With excerpts from Blaxland’s diary, the exhibition is sure to be of interest to people of all ages. It will be on show until Friday 28th June.
Roller Derby is a sport that has been gaining a massive following in the last few years. It’s a roller skate-based game which involves two teams attempting to out-lap each other. Often, Derby includes fun elements like costume and personas. Films like ‘This is Roller Derby’ and ‘Whip It’ have certainly contributed to Roller Derby’s popularity.
Springwood Library will soon be hosting a Junior Roller Derby information session, so make sure you come along if you are aged 9 – 17 yrs and are interested to learn more!