The Society of Women Writers Victoria and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Victoria will host the NANCE DONKIN AWARD on Thurdsay 4 November 2021 ONLINE via ZOOM between 6.30 pm and 8 pm.
As this is a ticketed only event please book through TRYBOOKING.COM
The 2021 Award will be judged by Caz Goodwin, Children’s author and SCBWI ARA Victoria. (www.cazgoodwin.com)
The Nance Donkin Award nominees for 2021 are:
Her first book accepted for publication was a picture book, Take Me Back, published in 1988. This book took the reader back in time to show how people lived in Australia in the past. She continued to write and illustrate non-fiction books, concentrating on bringing history to life for children. In 2002, Allen and Unwin published her first historical fantasy, Runestone.
In 2016 award-winning The Family with Two Front Doors was published by Allen and Unwin. It is based on interviews with the author’s grandmother Nomi Rabinovitch, and tells the story of Nomi’s childhood as the daughter of a rabbi in 1920’s Lublin, Poland.
Anna’s book, 52 Mondays, published by Allen and Unwin in 2019, is a fictionalised account of her childhood, filled with memories of Melbourne in the 1960s.
Anna’s most recent book is The Boy Who Stepped Through Time, published by Allen and Unwin in 2021. It was long listed for the ARA Historical Novel Prize.
Visit her website for all of Anna’s publications.
Jan is an author, wildlife photographer and self-publisher of 22 True to Life Books, educating children about endangered animals. For 25 years she has followed wild animals in Borneo, India, Sri Lanka, Uganda, China, Costa Rica and eleven time to Africa.
It was important to photograph the animals in their natural habitats to make the books ‘real’. Each True to Life Book has a free educational video she filmed in the wild. Teachers can read one of Jan’s books, then show students a video of that animal in action. Great for reluctant readers. They get so excited watching the videos they want to read the books.
Sometimes it was very dangerous being close to a wild animal, but children love to hear Jan’s adventure stories during school talks. For 18 years she has been a speaker at schools and festivals in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and China for both children and adults. Jan says it’s important to talk about rhino horn and elephant tusks during her presentations.
Jan’s journey creating her books and videos has been so rewarding educating children about endangered animals and inspiring them to read.
Jan’s 22 titles can be found here http://www.truetolifebooks.com.au/books/
A graduate of the University of Sydney’s Master of Creative Writing program, Julie’s two collections of tanka poetry, Rick Rack (2006) and Carving Granite (2011) were published by Ginninderra Press.
Editor of Eucalypt: a tanka journal since 2017, Julie is a prolific published writer of tanka in journals including GUSTS (Canada), Ribbons (USA), Presence (UK), Blithe Spirit (UK), Skylark (UK), Kokako (NZ), Red Lights (USA) and the International Tanka Journal (Japan). Julie has participated in and presented at collaborative poetry workshops and led tanka critique groups.
Julie’s fiction books for adults include Mrs Rickaby’s Lullaby (adult novel, shortlisted in the SWWNSW Member Book Awards 2020) and Divertimento, a collection of short stories (2021) both with Ginninderra Press.
Julie’s picture books for children Waiting for the Night (2018) and Watching through the Day (2020) were published by IPKidz. She recently signed a contract for a third picture book, Alice’s Shoe, with MidnightSun Publishing. Her children’s stories and poems have appeared in The NSW School Magazine and many other journals and anthologies. In 2020 she co-edited Splash, Slither, Squawk! anniversary anthology for SWW NSW.
Visit her website for all of Julie’s publications.
SHARON J YAXLEY
Sharon has been a creative Visual Merchandiser and Window Dresser for forty years and as a Primary Teacher Assistant she enjoys sharing her love of learning and exploring ideas with the students. Her aim is to inspire students to gain confidence, and try their best and hopes that from class visits and daily interactions, many will continue to enjoy reading and literacy and find wonder in the world around them.
Sharon markets and distributes her books, with assistance from the publisher, and her books are available in many local book and giftshops statewide. She also enjoys sharing them at selected markets where she can connect with the purchaser and share the stories behind the books and her experiences with writing and illustrating.
The published books are – Dunstan and Theodore, Theodore Swims in the Sea, Dunstan and Theodore Set Sail, Dunstan and Theodore Hide and Seek and the photographic book of imagination, Sea Monsters. On the web page www.sharonjyaxley.com, Teachers Notes and visuals for Sea Monsters can be downloaded and there are samples of students work from class visits. There are also 2 pieces of music, composed by Claire Farrell, for Dunstan and Theodore. Sharon has also recorded readings of some of her books for children to enjoy and read along with her.
Visit her website for all of Sharon’s publications.