Shortlisted 2023 Dorothy Hewett Award for Unpublished Novel

I am thrilled to share that my historical novel, The Bone Singer, has been shortlisted for the 2023 Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. Congratulations to my fellow shortlistees and special thanks to judges Tony Hughes-d’Aeth, Astrid Edwards, Thuy On and Kate Pickard. Also thanks to University Western Australia Publishing and sponsor The Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.

I love the judge’s comments “The Bone Singer tenderly evokes the aftermath of the Great War through the eyes of Hugo Maitland, a soldier who has volunteered with the Australian War Graves Detachment to recover bodies of fallen Australians in the Somme. In the grim singularity of Hugo’s task, the novel explores the vicissitudes of recovery and solace. The novel is a profound story about the rediscovery of life in the midst of unimaginable destruction.”

The winner of the award will be announced in June.

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