I’m pleased to tell you that my picture book The Night We Made the Flag: A Eureka Story, illustrated by Sebastian Ciaffaglione, has been shortlisted for the 2009 NSW Premier’s Young People’s History Prize. The judges said it was “very powerful” and that it highlights the importance of women in Australian history, which is very pleasing. They also said that Sebastian’s illustrations “magically convey the journey from dusk through the long tiring night to a mulitcoloured dawn”.
The other shortlisted books are:
- The Lighthouse Girl by Dianne Wolfer
- Captain Cook’s Apprentice by Anthony Hill
- Krakatoa Lighthouse by Alan Baillie
The winner of the prize will be announced on Tues 27th October.
You can read all the Judges’ Reports here.