Literary Awards and the ideas that define us
In the Year of Reading, the first thing our new premier did was scrap the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards. I don't want to get into the politics of this, let me just say I think it was a sad and ill advised decision. Luckily though a committee of people working in the arts and literature have banded together to keep the awards going. They need help with fundrising and have created a fundraising page, which is here: www.pozible.com/qla
I am proud to tell you that Penguin has entered my book in the non-fiction category of these awards this year. It won't win; previous non-fiction winners are much more formal and literary books than mine. Nevertheless, I believe these awards are important for all of us. It says we place importance on the written word and ideas that define who we are, and not just on the commercial systems that make us prosperous.
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