Giant and the Sea Wins The Environment Award for Children's Literature
I'm thrilled to announce that the Giant and the Sea won the Environment Award for Children's Literature.
Here was my speech.
Thank you to the Wilderness Society and the judges. And to Rovina Cai who brought this book to life with her powerful, and absolutely beautiful art work.
I’d also like to thank Alex Adsett my tireless agent. And thank you to all at Lothian and Hachette not least of all Suzanne O’Sullivan who edited the book, Hannah Janzen who designed the book, and Emily Lighezzolo who is the book’s publicist.
I’d also like to thank everyone at my wonderful workplace Avid Reader Bookstore and our children’s bookshop Where the Wild Things Are, particularly my bosses Fiona Stager and Kevin Guy who put up with me. I don’t know where I would be without the wonderful community they have built for readers and writers.
Finally thank you to my partner Fiona and our children Essie and Charlie who bring me more joy than I can say.
When you write a story you don’t do it thinking about awards. You do it because you’re gripped by the urgency of words and story.
If The Giant and the Sea helps make people think if it helps make people talk if it helps in some small part make people act, then it is more than I could have imagined.
It’s our job to make sense of the world for our children and to do whatever we can to help make it a better place. The Wilderness Society is an organisation that does those things, and for that I am very grateful. Thank you.
Here we chat with Judge Hillary Bell. Honestly, I am delighted.