Well, I did warn hubba hubby last night: ‘I’m having a cry tomorrow. Just so you know.’
About how all we writers for young people wait with roiling guts for the announcement at midday. Distracting ourselves with keep-busy work, while all our hopes and fears dash up against the ever-present thought: So many great books … such a strong year …
Because until I saw it there in such fine company, I didn’t believe that it would be, that it could be … Because there were so many great books. It was such a strong year.
So, I’d just like to say thank you to the CBCA and offer my congratulations – not only to the 2015 Notable and Shortlisted authors, but to all the writers and illustrators of the 400-odd titles that the CBCA judges deliberated over this past year – here’s to the rich diversity of Aussie books for kids and teens, long may it rule! *clinks glass*