I went to Readings in Carlton yesterday to be part of the announcement of the shortlisting, especially in the new category children's fiction.
I love this book. Its one that begged to be written- combining a style that I enjoy- prose poetry and subject matter- rural life as it is- real sensory snapshots and real emotion.
I was fortunate to be awarded a May Gibbs literature trust residency in 2007 and 'Star Jumps' was written and dare I say written with tears- it is that close to me.
Of course a great publisher Sarah Foster and a great editor Sue Whiting at Walker make publication possible and immensely satisfying.
To the farm life that was- to a husband with whom I pioneered our own dairy farm and to six kids who loved to invent the game of Star Jumps.
The awards announcements are here: