Two faculty associates recognised in top literary awards

21 August 2013

Just in time for the start of this year's Children's Book Week celebrations, Adjunct Associate Professor Libby Gleeson AM and Education and Social Work alumna Ursula Dubosarky have taken out honours in two of Australia's premier children's book awards.

Gleeson's book Red (Allen & Unwin) has won the Children's Fiction category of the 2013 Prime Minister's Literary Awards, announced at a ceremony at the State Library of Queensland on 15 August.

As Australia's richest literary honours, winners of each category of the Prime Minister's Literary Awards receive a cash prize of $80,000.

Gleeson said she was "overwhelmed" to win the prestigious award.

"I'm pleased that awards for writers for children have the same value as for those in the other areas," she said. "That is not always the case in other awards."

The celebrated author of over 40 children's books has previously won a Special Award in the 2011 NSW Premier's Literary Awards for her contributions to literature, education and mentoring, for which she was also made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2007.

Meanwhile, Education and Social Work graduate and renowned children's writer Ursula Dubosarsky was awarded an Honour Book in the Early Childhood category of the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards for her picture book Too Many Elephants in this House (Viking). The announcement was made in Canberra on Friday 16 August to mark the official launch of CBCA's Children's Book Week.

Since graduating from the University of Sydney in 1982 after studying English and several languages, Dubosarsky has authored over 60 books including The Golden Day (2011), The Terrible Plop (2009) and The Red Shoe (2006).

Dubosarsky's latest accolade follows her success in being nominated for the 2013 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the world's largest prize for children's and young adult literature.

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