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Mark & Evette Moran Nib Literary Award
Posted on: 1 August 2022

Congratulations to Ann-Marie Priest.!

Her biography of Gwen Harwood, My Tongue is My Own (La Trobe University Press, 2022) has been long-listed for the 2022 Mark & Evette Moran Nib Literary Award.

The shortlist will be announced on 27th September.

Winners will be announced on 16th November.


Congratulations to Kathy George
Posted on: 10 November 2021

HarperCollins has acquired two novels by Kathy in a two-book deal. The first, Estella will be published in 2023 and the second, as yet untitled, novel will be published in 2024. Both titles will issue under the Harlequin imprint of HarperCollins.

2020 Davitt Awards
Posted on: 1 June 2020

Congratulations to Carmel Bird and to Katherine Kovacic for being long-listed for the Sisters in Crime Davitt Awards 2020. Carmel for her latest novel, Field of Poppies (Transit Lounge) and Katherine for her second Alex Clayton art mystery, Painting in the Shadows (Echo Publishing).

The shortlist will be announced in July.

Ned Kelly Awards Shortlist
Posted on: 26 July 2019

Congratulations to Katherine Kovacic. The Portrait of Molly Dean is short-listed in the Best First Fiction category of the Ned Kelly Awards 2019. The winners of all categories will be announced on Friday 6th September ahead of the BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival.


Authors up Close
Posted on: 15 July 2019

Authors up Close presents Katherine Kovacic in conversation with Deb Wain on Sunday 28th July at 2.00 pm.

Venue: Palling Bros Brewery, 168 High Street, Heathcote, Victoria 3523.


Congratulations again
Posted on: 7 March 2019

Congratulations again to Eliza Henry Jones. Her YA novel, P is for Pearl has been long-listed for the ABIA (Australian Book Industry Awards) Book of the Year in the category ‘For Older Children, Ages 13 +’.

The shortlist for all categories will be announced on 11th April, 2019 and the winners at the Awards Night on 2nd May.

Congratulations to Eliza Henry Jones
Posted on: 28 February 2019

Eliza’s YA novel, P is for Pearl (HarperCollins, 2018) has been chosen as a 2019 Notable Book by the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards. Brilliant effort by Eliza, who wrote the original version of this when still in her teens.

Mollie & Molly: Gideon Haig and Katherine Kovacic
Posted on: 22 February 2019

On Monday 18th March, 2019 Katherine Kovacic will be in conversation with Gideon Haig, author of A Scandal in Bohemia about the life of artist’s model and writer, Molly Dean. Katherine’s book The Portrait of Molly Dean is a fictional account of her life and murder in 1930s Melbourne.

This event will be held at the Hawthorn Arts Centre,

360 Burwood Road, (corner of Glenferrie Road) Hawthorn VIC 3122 from 7.00 to 8.00pm

For more information go to

Indie Book Awards
Posted on: 5 December 2018

CONGRATULATIONS to Eliza Henry Jones. Her YA novel, P is for Pearl is long-listed for the Leading Edge Indie Book Awards 2019. The shortlist will be released on 16th January 2019 and the winners of each category will be announced at the Leading Edge Conference in Adelaide on 18th March 2019.

Book Launch
Posted on: 9 November 2018

At Blarney Books, 37 James Street Port Fairy, VIC

Thursday 13th December 2018 at 7.00pm

A Naturalist’s Guide to Birding Megaspots in Australia (John Beaufoy Publishing) by Peter Rowland & Chris Farrell will be launched by Port Fairy resident Shane Howard, singer/songwriter from Goanna

This is a free event but be sure to get in early to meet the authors and buy a copy of this beautiful book.

For more details go to:

Book Launch
Posted on: 16 August 2018

Les Zig’s new novel, August Falling will be launched on Sunday 2nd September at:

Buck Mulligans, 217 High Street, Northcote VIC 3070.




Katherine Kovacic – a Winner!
Posted on: 16 April 2018

Congratulations to Katherine on winning the Betka Prize for her humorous short story, The Dog Show.

The Betka Prize is a part of the Mallacoota Arts Council’s E J Brady Short Story Competition.

Congratulations also to Katherine on Peter Craven’s stunning review of her debut novel, The Portrait of Molly Dean in ‘Spectrum’ 14th April.


Katherine Kovacic book launch
Posted on: 2 March 2018

Paddy O’Reilly will launch Katherine Kovacic’s debut novel, The Portrait of Molly Dean at Readings, 112 Acland Street St Kilda VIC 3182 on Thursday 22nd March 2018 at 6.30 pm.

This is a free event and no booking is required.

Book Launch – Eliza Henry Jones
Posted on: 13 February 2018

Eliza’s first YA novel, P is for Pearl will be launched on Thursday 8th March 2018 6.30pm at Readings, Hawthorn, 701 Glenferrie Road Hawthorn. If you’re in Melbourne do come along. It is a free event and no booking is required.

Book Launch
Posted on: 10 November 2017

Craig Cormick’s story, The Drover’s Wife has been included in a collection edited by Frank Moorhouse. The anthology is entitled The Drover’s Wife: a Celebration of a Great Australian Love Affair and is published by Penguin Random House.

The book will be launched by David Marr at Gleebooks, Sydney on 21st November at 6.00pm. For more details go to

Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship
Posted on: 10 October 2017

Applications are now open for the 2018 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship. This award provides writers of biography, including writers working on an aspect of cultural or social change, with $15,000 to assist travel and research. Entries close on 16th November 2017.

For full details go to:

Katherine Kovacic
Posted on: 5 September 2017

CONGRATULATIONS!  Katherine Kovacic has been named runner-up in the S D Harvey Short Story Competition for her short story The Ridge.

Katherine Kovacic
Posted on: 18 August 2017

Congratulations to Katherine. Her short story The Ridge has been shortlisted for the annual S D Harvey Short Story competition. The award is administered by KYD and the ACWA (Australian Crime Writers Association) and honours the late true-crime writer, Sandra Harvey. The winner will be announced on 1 September at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival.

Melbourne Writers’ Festival
Posted on: 31 July 2017

Eliza Henry Jones will discuss Family & Grief with Melanie Joosten at The Cube, ACMI, Federation Square – Saturday 2nd September at 10.00am. This is a free event, no need to book, just turn up.

Les Zig’s novel, Just Another Week in Suburbia will be launched by Lucy Bell & Ryan O’Neill at Beer Deluxe, Fed Square – Saturday 2nd September at 10.00am. This is also a free event.

For more details go to

Eliza Henry Jones
Posted on: 23 May 2017

It is a great pleasure to announce that HarperCollins has acquired Eliza’s YA novel, From the Sea in a two-book deal. From the Sea will be published in March 2018.

Congratulations Eliza!

Eliza Henry Jones
Posted on: 5 May 2017

Author of In the Quiet, Eliza Henry Jones will be appearing at the Sydney Writers’ Festival on Thursday 25th May. For programme details go to

If you are in Melbourne, Eliza’s second novel, Ache will be launched by Dr Leah Kaminsky at Readings, 701 Glenferrie Road Hawthorn on Thursday 1st June at 6.30 pm. This is a free event but please RSVP by 29 May to


2017 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship
Posted on: 10 March 2017

Congratulations to author Ann-Marie Priest on being awarded the 2017 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship. The award will enable her to travel and research her planned biography of poet Gwen Harwood.

Dorothy Hewett Award 2016
Posted on: 28 February 2017

Congratulations to Ann-Marie Priest whose unpublished manuscript, A Free Flame, a non-fiction account of the careers of Gwen Harwood, Dorothy Hewett, Christina Stead and Ruth Park was shortlisted for the University of Western Australia’s (UWAP) Dorothy Hewett Award. It was also highly commended and will be published by the UWAP.

Matt Richell Prize Shortlist
Posted on: 1 September 2016

Andrea Baldwin’s The Illusion of Islands is one of five titles to be shortlisted for the 2016 Matt Richell Prize. Congratulations Andrea on moving from the long-list to the short! The winner will be announced at a ceremony in Sydney on Wednesday 28th September.

2016 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers
Posted on: 2 August 2016

Congratulations to Andrew Baldwin whose submission for a novel entitled The Illusion of Islands has been long-listed for this year’s Richell Prize. The long list of nineteen was chosen from 430 entries!

The shortlist will be announced on 1 September and the winner will be announced in Sydney on 5 October.

NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2016
Posted on: 15 April 2016

Congratulations to Eliza Henry Jones! Her debut novel, In the Quiet has been shortlisted for the UTS Glenda Adams New Writing category.

The winners will be announced at the State Library of NSW on 16th May.

Posted on: 22 September 2015

Congratulations to new clients K W (Kathy) George. Her novel, Sargasso has been shortlisted for the Emerging Queensland Writer – Manuscript Award in the 2015 Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards. Full details at

and to Andrea Baldwin. Her novel, The Child Pose is the only work of fiction selected for the Inaugural Affirm Press Mentorship. This gives her a week-long residence at Varuna Writers’ Centre with the aim of developing the manuscript to a publishable standard. See more here.

Watch this space!

National Bookshop Day – Sat 8th August
Posted on: 6 August 2015

As part of National Bookshop Day Eliza Henry Jones will be signing copies of her debut novel In the Quiet at Benns Books, 437 Centre Road Bentleigh on Saturday 8th August at 11.00 am

Eliza will also judge a horse drawing competition. For details see:

Posted on: 23 June 2015

Eliza Henry Jones’ debut novel, In the Quiet is now in bookshops. Eliza will be Readings featured author for the month of July.

Georgia Madden has just signed a two-book deal with Black Inc’s Nero Books.

Craig Cormick is on an author tour of the US to promote his new book, The Floating City (Angry Robot), the sequel to The Shadow Master.

Stunning Three-Book Deal for new Calidris client!
Posted on: 25 September 2014

It is an immense pleasure to extend warmest congratulations to Eliza Henry-Jones and to announce that HarperCollins have signed her for a three-book deal. Her debut novel,
In the Quiet, will be published in July 2015.

In the Quiet is a tender and beautifully unfolding narrative related by Cate Carlton who has recently died, yet is able to linger on, watching her three children and husband as they grapple over life without her on their rural horse property.

Against the backdrop of a small Australian agricultural town, In the Quiet explores grief and loss and the strange and wonderful ways that people find joy and the strength to carry on.

HarperCollins Publisher Catherine Milne said: ‘I am over the moon to be publishing this novel and to be there at the start of what is bound to be a brilliant career. In the Quiet is beautiful, sweet and heart-warming – I can see so many readers just falling in love with these characters, as I was only five pages in before I wanted to give them all hugs.’

Eliza says “I could not be more thrilled. You can never truly gauge how a manuscript will be taken by other people, and it is incredibly startling and joyful to have had others pick it up and have it resonate. Deepest thanks go to Sally, who has gone above and beyond in every way and who could not have been more wonderful to work with.”

Having written a novel every year since the age of fourteen, Eliza can now, at age twenty-four, say that she has served her apprenticeship. Her work has been published in various literary journals including Southerly and Island and in 2012 she was a Young Writer-in-Residence at the Katharine Susannah Pritchard Writers’ Centre.

Aside from writing, she has gained a Degree in Psychology and English, qualifications in Alcohol and Other Drugs and postgraduate qualifications in Grief, Loss and Trauma Counselling. She is also an accomplished horsewoman who uses horses in therapy sessions for children and families who have experienced trauma and substance abuse at a Melbourne drug rehabilitation centre.

To learn more about Eliza go to

You can also follow her on Twitter

Eliza with Bertie