After its recent tumultuous history, the Qld Literary Awards are growing from strength to strength under the banner of the State Library of Queensland and a bevy of eminent sponsors.
The 2015 shortlists have just been announced and the winners will be revealed at the Awards Ceremony on Friday 9th October in Brisbane.
Some categories showcase Queensland authors. These include the Queensland Premier’s Award for a Work of State Significance
Zoe Boccabella Joe’s Fruit Shop and Milk Bar (Harper Collins Publishers)
Mark Bahnisch Queensland; Everything you ever wanted to know, but were afraid to ask (NewSouth Publishing)
Anna Bligh Through the Wall: Reflections on Leadership, Love and Survival (Harper Collins Publishers)
Libby Connors Warrior (Allen & Unwin)
Imogen Smith Araluen
Elizabeth Kasmer Aurora
W. George Sargasso
Kate Elkington Wool Spin Burn
Megan McGrath, Program Coordinator at the Brisbane Writers Festival
It is impressive how these state awards nurture and promote Qld authors.
The Qld Literary Awards are also notable for their support of Indigenous authors with the David Unaipon Award for Unpublished Indigenous Writer –
Mayrah Yarragah Dreise Social Consciousness Series
Patricia Lees with Adam C. Lees A Question of Colour
Other categories celebrate the finest Australian writers (and some illustrators) across the country.
These include the
Meg McKinlay A Single Stone (Walker Books Australia)
Tasmin Janu Figgy in the World (Omnibus Books)
David Mackintosh Lucky (Harper Collins Publishers)
Rebecca Young and Matt Ottley Teacup (Scholastic Australia)
There was a strong selection of novels, picture books and others to whittle down into a shortlist this year.
Justine Larbalestier Razorhurst (Allen & Unwin) This won the Aurealis spec fiction award for Horror Novel.
Diana Sweeney The Minnow (Text Publishing) This was a CBCA Honour Book.
Jeri Kroll Vanishing Point (Puncher and Wattman)
I have read these except for Vanishing Point and so am now keen to read this also. It’s great to see a publisher I know for its poetry publishing YA.
Amanda Lohrey A Short History of Richard Kline (Black Inc)
Malcolm Knox The Wonder Lover (Allen & Unwin)
Rohan Wilson To Name Those Lost (Allen & Unwin)
Brenda Niall Mannix (Text Publishing)
Don Watson The Bush: Travels in the Heart of Australia (Penguin)
Anne Manne The Life of I: The New Culture of Narcissism (Melbourne University Press)
Annabel Crabb The Wife Drought (Random House Australia)
Karen Lamb Thea Astley: Inventing Her Own Weather (University of Queensland Press)
Carolyn Holbrook ANZAC, The Unauthorised Biography (NewSouth Publishing)
Angela Woollacott Settler Society in the Australian Colonies: Self-Government and Imperial Culture (Oxford University Press)
Christine Kenneally The Invisible History of the Human Race (Black Inc)
Agnieszka Sobocinska Visiting the Neighbours: Australians in Asia (NewSouth Publishing)
Nic Low Arms Race and Other Stories (Text Publishing)
Nick Jose Bapo (Giramondo)
Ellen van Neerven Heat and Light (University of Queensland Press)
Christos Tsiolkas Merciless Gods (Allen & Unwin)
Susan Bradley Smith Beds for All Who Come (Five Islands Press)
Robert Adamson Net Needle (Black Inc)
Lucy Dougan The Guardians (Giramondo)
Les Murray Waiting for the Past (Black Inc)
Thanks to the State Library of Queensland and supporters, including those who sponsor and give their names to specific awards.
And vote now until 5pm Friday 18 September 2015 for
Nick Earls Analogue Men
Inga Simpson Nest
Kari Gislason The Ash Burner
Zoe Boccabella Joe’s Fruit Shop and Milk Bar
John Ahern On the Road…With the Kids
David Murray The Murder of Allison Baden-Clay
Mary Lou Simpson From Convict to Politician