NSW Premier’s Literary Awards

Well that was a flash show!! As I tottered in my high heels and “cocktail” dress through the streets of Sydney to the NSW State Library I wish that I could have caught a taxi all the way. Not to be. Roadworks, one way restrictions etc meant I had to go 4 blocks before hailing  a cab.

But…it was all worth it. Met at the door with a sparkling wine and then some delicious nibbles of all sorts of culinary concoctions, which included prawns!

Met Jacinta Di Mase there and was introduced to quite a few people, of whom many I can’t remember their names…however I am sure I can jog the deep dark depths of my memory at some stage. Ex Adelaidian, Anna McFarlane, a publisher with Allen and Unwin was one of them.

Jennifer Byrne did a brilliant job at compering the show which ran like clockwork.

So the winners were;

Multicultural NSW Award

Osamah Sami Good Muslim Boy

Indigenous Writer’s Prize

Bruce Pascoe Dark Emu and Ellen Van Neersen Heat and Light

Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting

Angus Gerini The Bleeding Tree

Angus Gerini The Bleeding TreeBetty Roland Prize for Scriptwriting

Cate Shortland Deadline Gallipoli Episode 4: “The Letter”

Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature

Rebecca Young and Matt Ottley Teacup

Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature

Alice Pung Laurinda

Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry

Joanne Burns Brush

Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction

Magda Szubanski Reckoning; A Memoir

UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing

Sonja Dechian An Astronaut’s Life

Christina Stead Prize for Fiction

Melinda Bobis Locust Girl. A lovesong

Book of the Year

Bruce Pascoe Dark Emu


It was  fun filled night, especially watching Jennifer Byrne try to get Osamah Sami off the stage! He was so excited he went well and truly over his 2 minute limit!

Magda Szubanski “just happened” to be on the phone to her mum when her win was announced and that little skit was very funny as we heard her mum over the speaker phone.

So… did the authors who won, know that they had won before the night? I would hazard a BIG yes, as most of them headed up there with a prepared written speech. Even though we were all told that NO WINNERS will be informed before the event.

So, Tea and Sugar Christmas did not win but it is up there with the Premier’s best 6 so can’t be sad about that.

A great night and I am glad I was part of it…as I caught an Uber taxi ( outlawed in Adelaide!) home to my Chinatown hotel.

I now have a huge list of books to get reading!

And if I could work out my new iPhoto programme I would put a photo here but that is not to be. Don’t you hate computer upgrades, when everything you were familiar with has gone, and you have to learn a whole new way of doing things.


Guess what? Through a roundabout way I have managed to do it.

This is the scene of the crime!!!! The NSW State Library


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