PM Literary Awards 2011

The 2011 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards winners have been announced.

Stephen Daisley won the fiction prize for his novel Traitor while the
award for non-fiction went to Rod Moss for his book The Hard Light of

The young adult fiction category was won by Cath Crowley for Graffiti
n and the children’s fiction award went to author Boori Monty Pryor
and illustrator Jan Ormerod for their picture book Shake a Leg.

Stephen Daisley’s debut novel, Traitor, is a story of war and love, and
how each changes everything, forever. It tells the story of two men
thrown together by war in the battle-smoke and chaos of Gallipoli – a
young New Zealand soldier and a Turkish doctor.

The Hard Light of Day is Rod Moss’ moving memoir of his life in Alice
Springs as a young art teacher and his intimate friendship with the
traditional owners, the Arrernte people.

Cath Crowley’s book, Graffiti Moon, is a story of graffiti artist
Shadow and his friend Poet who haunt the night and the dreams of a girl
named Lucy. Told from alternating points-of-view, Crowley perfectly
captures the teenagers’ tenderness and their toughness.

Shake a Leg by Boori Monty Pryor and illustrator Jan Ormerod is a book
that challenges the boundaries of culture and of what a picture book can
be. When three boys go into a pizza shop in far north Queensland they
meet a pizza-maker, an Aboriginal man, who reveals not only the secrets
of great pizza – but the stories that he draws upon for inspiration.