Stone Road Wins Aurealis Award
I won an Aurealis Award on the weekend (as you do), wrote a wholly inadequate acceptance speech (I didn't expect to win) and leapt about a lot at home - I wasn't able to make the ceremony in Canberra.
Thanks so much for the CSFG for streaming the whole thing, and Tehani for reading said inadequate acceptance speech. It was nice to get back into the headspace of that novel for a bit, because I'll be doing a few Stone Road related things over the next few months.
The Audio Book should be available in July, and the paperback US edition (which is my preferred edition - it's a perfect combination of the Brio edit and the Liz Gorinsky edit) should be out, I'm guessing in the new year.
Meanwhile, my latest picture book "Mr Impoppable" is out in the world. It's such a fun book, with a lot of heart, and my usual weirdness. Brent Wilson's illustrations are incredible, and I feel so lucky to have had him work on the book.
If you're interested check it out. I know it's in a lot of Australian libraries, and any independent (or otherwise) bookstore worth their salt should be able to order it in for you.
And, if you're Brisbane, I'm doing the first of a few events at my bookish home Avidreader. You can book here.
Finally, here's my acceptance speech.
Thank you to the judges and the whole crew at the Aurealis Awards, every time I am shortlisted my heart skips a beat. No book is written alone. I’d like to thank my editors Mandy Brett, David Henley, and Liz Gorinsky, who were there for different parts of the journey. Also, the team at Erewhon Books who are absolutely delightful. I’d also like to thank Fiona MacDonald without whom writing would be a thousand times harder. Finally, any win is for Alex Adsett, my dear friend and agent, who believed in this book and me above and beyond… and beyond. Thank you.