Flyaway shortlisted for Courier-Mail People’s Choice Award (voting open now)

Shortlist for The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Award

Flyaway has been shortlisted for The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award! The winner is determined by public vote, and voting is now open. Anyone in Australia may vote, one vote per person, with polling closing on 16 August 2021.

It is a tremendous honour to be included on the shortlist with seven various and wonderful other titles — and particularly with Angela Slatter‘s gothically fantastic All The Murmuring Bones. I have been working on cover art for the (forthcoming) hardcover of Angela’s novel, and Flyaway wouldn’t have happened without her. So do with that information what you will!

The shortlist judges said of Flyaway:

A dazzling gothic fairy tale of rural Australia. The disappearance of Bettina Scott’s family members leads her to uncover truths about her home – the haunting spectacle of small-town psyche expertly sewn throughout the novel. There is a magic rooted in this story that grows more real with every page.

So if you are based in Australia and willing to vote (according to your conscience!), voting is now open on the State Library website here: The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award.

Illustration process — QLA portraits

Last month the Queensland Literary Awards were announced, and I illustrated the winners for the State Library (see previously: Queensland Literary Awards — Winners portraits).

Laura Elvery subsequently interviewed me about my process, and the result is a post with a bit too much detail and a lot of pictures — and a glimpse of the observation journal in action!

SLQ — A Conversation with Kathleen Jennings

Queensland Literary Awards — winners portraits

Congratulations to all the shortlisted and winning writers at the Queensland Literary Awards tonight!

I had the honour of illustrating all the award winners — all of whom are listed below:

Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance

The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award

The University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award

Griffith University Young Adult Book Award

Griffith University Children’s Book Award

University of Southern Queensland Steele Rudd Award for a Short Story Collection

Judith Wright Calanthe Award for a Poetry Collection

  • Heide by Pi.O (Giramondo Publishing)

Queensland Writers Fellowships

David Unaipon Award for an Emerging Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Writer

  • ‘The Space Between the Paperbark’ by Jazz Money

Glendower Award for an Emerging Queensland Writer

Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards

The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award