2016 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature

The $25,000 Premier’s Award in the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature has been won by a 26-year-old, first-time author. 2016_Arts_SA_Literature_awards_logo_(sml)[1]

Presented by Premier Jay Weatherill at today’s opening day of Writer’s Week, the prestigious national award went to Tamsin Janu for her children’s novel Figgy in the World.

Ms Janu was selected from a shortlist derived from more than 700 nominations across 11 categories.

“I congratulate Ms Janu on her book Figgy in the World, which the selection panel commended for its tale of hope and resilience, and characters that leapt off the page,” Mr Weatherill said.

“I am particularly pleased the judges recommended Ms Janu’s book. Increasing children’s literacy and encouraging them to enjoy reading is a priority of this State Government.”

Ms Janu, who lives in Sydney, was inspired to write for children following her time as a volunteer in Ghana in 2009.

Set in Ghana, Figgy in the World is the story of a resilient 8-year-old girl Figgy and her goat Kwame who embark on a journey to track down medicine to make Figgy’s Grandmother well again.

Figgy in the World also took out another category - the $15,000 Children’s Literature Award.

Ms Janu is one of 10 authors across the country sharing in $167,500 in prize money as part of the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature, introduced by the State Government in 1986.

They include five national awards and the Premier’s Award, which is selected from the winners of the five national categories.

Mr Weatherill said a further two awards and three fellowships are awarded specifically to writers who are living or are primarily located in South Australia or who were born here and have maintained strong connections with the State.

“Among the South Australian awards is the $15,000 Tangkanungku Pintyanthi Fellowship, which was awarded to Ali Cobby Eckermann for Too Afraid to Cry,” he said.

“I congratulate Ms Eckermann and recognise this is the second time she has won the fellowship.”

The Jill Blewett Playwright’s Award supports the creative development of a new play with the assistance of the State Theatre Company of South Australia.

This year’s joint winners were Duncan Graham for Cut and Fleur Kilpatrick for Blessed.

 

Photo credits: Heidi Who Photos

 

2016 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature winners

National awards

Premier’s Award $25,000 and Children’s Literature Award $15,000

Tamsin Janu for Figgy in the World (Omnibus Books)

Tamsin Janu and Premier Jay Weatherill. Photo credit Heidi Who Photos

 

Fiction Award $15,000

Rohan Wilson for To Name Those Lost (Allen and Unwin)

Rohan Wilson and Premier Jay Weatherill. Photo credit Heidi Who Photos

 

Young Adult Fiction Award $15,000

Darren Groth for Are You Seeing Me? (Random House Australia)

Darren Groth and Premier Jay Weatherill. Photo credit Heidi Who Photos

 

Non-fiction Award $15,000

Robert Dessaix for What Days Are For (Random House Australia)

Robert Dessaix and Premier Jay Weatherill. Photo credit Heidi Who Photos

 

John Bray Poetry Award $15,000

Les Murray for Waiting for the Past (Black Inc.)        

(Unfortunately Les was unable to attend these awards)     

 

 

South Australian Awards and Fellowships

 

Jill Blewett Playwright’s Award $12,500 (joint winners)

Duncan Graham for Cut

Duncan Graham and Premier Jay Weatherill. Photo credit Heidi Who Photos

Jill Blewett Playwright’s Award $12,500 (joint winners)

Fleur Kilpatrick for Blessed

(Unfortunately Fleur was unable to attend these awards)   

 

 

Wakefield Press Unpublished Manuscript $10,000

Charlie Archbold for Mallee Boys

Charlie Archbold and Premier Jay Weatherill. Photo credit Heidi Who Photos

Barbara Hanrahan Fellowship $15,000

Carol Lefevre for The Invisible Castle

Carol Lefevre and Premier Jay Weatherill. Photo credit Heidi Who Photos

 

Max Fatchen Fellowship $15,000

Marianne Musgrove for Blackbird

Marianne Musgrove and Premier Jay Weatherill. Photo credit Heidi Who Photos

 

Tangkanungku Pintyanthi Fellowship $15,000

Ali Cobby Eckermann for Too Afraid to Cry

Ali Cobby Eckermann and Premier Jay Weatherill. Photo credit Heidi Who Photos

 

2016 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature winners with

Premier Jay Weatherill and Peter Louca, Executive Director, Arts South Australia

AFAL winners with Premier Jay Weatherill and Peter Louca. Photo credit Heidi Who Photos