Queensland Literary Awards 2012 – Reading Rocks

Congratulations to the winners of the all-new Queensland Literary Awards, billed as the ‘coolest’ awards in Australia to win. Campbell Newman’s controversial decision for the government to shed the awards has only seen them rise like a phoenix from the ashes to now be among the biggest suite of awards in the country—entirely run by volunteers with support from individual and corporate donors. Most appropriate. Words are how the world works so if you choose a book to read from this fine array you will be on the right track. Reading rocks: The winners for 2012 are Fiction Book Award: Cold Light, by Frank Moorhouse (Sydney) Non-Fiction Book Award: The People Smuggler, by Robin De Crespigny (Melbourne) Young Adult Book Award: The Ink Bridge, by Neil Grant (Melbourne) Children’s Book Award: Kumiko and the Shadow Catchers, by Briony Stewart (Perth) Australian Short Story Collection – Steele Rudd Award: Forecast Turbulence, by Janette Turner Hospital (Queensland resident based in South Carolina, USA) Poetry Collection – Judith Wright Calanthe Award: Crimson Crop, by Peter Rose (Melbourne) Emerging Queensland Author – Manuscript Award: Island of the Unexpected writer Catherine Titasey (Thursday Island, Queensland) Unpublished Indigenous Writer  – David Unaipon Award: Story Siv Parker (Queensland born now living in Lismore) History Book Award: The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia, by Bill Gammage (Canberra) Science Writer Award: Sex, Genes & Rock ‘n’ Roll: How Evolution has Shaped the Modern World, by Rob Brooks. (Sydney) Literary or Media Work Advancing Public Debate – Harry Williams Award: The Australian Moment: How We Were Made for These Times, by George Megalogenis (Melbourne) Drama Script Award: War Crimes, by Angela Betzien (Melbourne based previously from Queensland) Film Script Award: Dead Europe, by Louise Fox (Sydney) Television Script Award: Mabo, by Sue Smith (Sydney) and The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year: Closer to Stone, by Simon Cleary (Brisbane based, born in Toowoomba) is a highly accessible thought-provoking page turner

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