The Rain Heron by Robbie Arnott

The Rain Heron by Robbie Arnott (Text Publishing) Review by Joy Lawn The Rain Heron is literary art. The author has deftly crafted an audacious idea into an original, compelling work. Author Robbie Arnott exploded onto the Australian and global literary scene in 2018 with his debut novel Flames. Flames has been highly recognised, being […]

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Inside the 2022 CBCA Shortlist

Inside the CBCA Shortlist The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Shortlisted Books for 2022 has been announced. Follow the links to those I have already reviewed or interviewed the author or illustrator on the blog. I will add to this list until the winners are announced in August. Congratulations to those creators who have […]

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inside the 2022 cbca notable books

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Notable Books for 2022 have been announced. Follow the links to those books I have already reviewed or interviewed the author or illustrator at PaperbarkWords blog. NB I will add reviews and interviews on the Inside the 2022 Shortlist page on the blog until the winners are announced […]

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IBBY 2022 HONOUR BOOKS

The IBBY (Australia) Honour Books have been announced. These two books – one for Writing and one for Illustration – will be Australia’s nominations in the prestigious biennial international awards. The recipients are the extraordinary Vikki Wakefield for Writing and Philip Bunting for Illustration. Vikki’s award is for her YA novel This is How We […]

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Ten Tenets for Literary Panels

Literary Panels – The Ten Tenets Thank you to the literary community for the open and constructive discussion following our recent blog post, Are Literary Panels a Bad Idea? This is still being discussed and I was inspired to think a bit deeper about book judging and literary panels. I am not saying that it […]

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Are Literary Panels a Bad Idea?

David Free believes that Literary Panels are a Terrible Idea By Craig Lawn In response to David Free’s article about literary awards in the SMH 9/7/21 https://www.smh.com.au/culture/books/judge-a-literary-prize-no-thanks-they-re-all-a-giant-waste-of-time-20210706-p587cu.html As a commentator, David’s role is to engage the reader. He has done this by writing a polemic piece. He has been one-eyed and controversial, but he has […]

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