Territory Read

Territory Read

2014 Territory Read Awards announced

The 2014 Territory Read Awards were announced in Darwin as part of this year’s WordStorm Top End Writers Festival. Territory Read is a literary award established in 2009 for published books written by authors who live in the Northern Territory to showcase and reward the talent and professional achievements of Territory writers.

The Chief Minister the Hon Adam Giles MP announced this year’s winners in front of a crowd made up of local and national best-selling writers gathered in Darwin for this year’s writers’ festival.

Alice Springs author Rod Moss took out the top gong with the Chief Minister’s Book of the Year [$5000] for his frank and extraordinary memoir One Thousand Cuts: life and art in Central Australia.

The Children’s Literature/Young Adult Fiction Award [$2000] went to the multi-awarded Darwin author Barry Jonsberg for his book My Life As An Alphabet, a laugh-out-loud funny and touching book about an unusual girl exploring the events and relationships that have shaped her.

The Non-Fiction Book Award ($2000) went to Craig San Roque & Joshua Santospirito for The Long Weekend In Alice Springs, an illuminating essay by San Roque that explores the notion of cultural mapping in Central Australia and stunningly reworked with artist, Joshua Santospirito.

“Competition this year was of a high standard with 21 quality entries received from across the Territory creating a difficult task for the three judges Bronwyn Mehan, Fred Van’t Sand and Kaye Hall who independently assessed each entry against criteria in three categories. Shortlisted finalists are all to be congratulated on their outstanding achievement. In the extremely competitive publishing industry, it is no mean feat to get published from the NT,” said The Chief Minister the HON Adam Giles MP.

Panos Couros, NT Writers Centre ED said: “Congratulations to the winners and to everyone involved with all the shortlisted books. It’s hard to imagine a better demonstration of how alive the book scene in the NT is. In particular this year’s result is testament to the vibrant writing community that exists in Central Australia.”

The winners were announced at WordStorm where the national literary scene gathered in Darwin to participate with local writers in an entertaining and stimulating long weekend of words, Territory style.

Territory Read Shortlisted books were:

Children’s Literature/Young Adult Fiction Award ($2000)

  • My Life As An Alphabet by Barry Jonsberg (WINNER)
  • Too Many Cheeky Dogs by Johanna Bell & Dion Beazley
  • Wan’kurra the Golden Bandicoot by Diane Lucas, illustrated by Colwyn Campbell

Non-Fiction Book Award ($2000)

  • Maningrida. A history of the Aboriginal township in Arnhem Land by Helen Bond Sharp
  • The Long Weekend In Alice Springs by Craig San Roque & Joshua Santospirito (WINNER)
  • Traditional Healers Of Central Australia: Ngankari by Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara, Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council Aboriginal Corporation

Chief Minister’s Book of the Year Award ($5000)

  • From Alice With Love by Jo Dutton
  • One Thousand Cuts: life and art in Central Australia by Rod Moss (WINNER)
  • The First Garden by Christopher Raja & Natasha Raja

Shortlisted finalists are all to be congratulated on their outstanding achievement.

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