Australian author Sonya Hartnett wins major award

Australian author Sonya Hartnett has been announced as the winner of this year’s Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

She is the first Australian winner of the prestigious award, established by the Swedish Government in 2002. With prizemoney of five million Swedish Kroner (equivalent to approx. A$844,000), the Astrid Lingren Memorial Award is the world’s richest children’s and young people’s literary award. The award is administered by The Swedish Arts Council.

It’s fantastic to see Australian authors win internationally-acclaimed awards such as these.

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Clayton Wehner

Clayton is the founder and managing director of Boomerang Books. In a past life, Clayton worked for 12 years as an intelligence officer in the Australian Army and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Royal Military College Duntroon and holds a BA (Hons) in Political Science and a Master of Management Studies (Human Resource Management) from the UNSW. He is also a trained Indonesian linguist and served with the United Nations in East Timor as an interpreter/translator.