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27 November 2011 ·

Young Australian Art and Writers’ Awards

There’s something wonderful about watching people receive an award they’ve striven for, and especially when the recipients are kids and young adults. The recipients of last night’s Children’s Charity Network Awards were deservedly proud and excited: the standard of both writing and visual art was extremely high –  it was incredible to realise just how young the winners were, after seeing the quality of their work.

Congratulations to Paul Collins and Meredith Costain, and all the other Ambassadors, for a night that was obviously the culmination of a great year of promoting literacy around the country.

The delightful Susannne Gervaise and me;  Di Bates engrossed in one of the winning stories

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Wendy Orr is a Canadian-born Australian writer. Her books for children and adults have been published in 27 countries and won awards around the world. Nim’s Island and Nim at Sea have also become feature films, starring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin (Nim’s Island) and Bindi Irwin (Return to Nim’s Island.) Her latest book is Cuckoo’s Flight, a companion to the highly acclaimed Bronze Age novels Dragonfly Song and Swallow’s Dance. Read full bio