I am thrilled that Plane Tree Drive was recognised in the prestigious Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. Maybe I’ve been listening to my daughter’s music too much, but Taylor Swift’s ‘Wildest Dreams’ is on repeat in my mind. It does feel like a dream – a very good one!
The fiction shortlist looks very much like the stack of books next to my bed, with the likes of Melanie Cheng (Australia Day), Sophie Laguna (The Choke), Stephen Carrol (A New England Affair), Michelle de Krester (A Life To Come), Michael Sala (The Restorer) and Kim Scott (Taboo).
The Highly Commended list features the wonderful A.S. Patric (Atlantic Black is also on to be read list), Felicity Castanga and Claire Coleman, whose work I will definitely be seeking out now.
I’m excited to be travelling to Melbourne in February to see the winners announced.