I am so chuffed my poetry book for children, The Letterbox Cat, has been shorted listed for these awards. That is just lovely! I have no expectation to win the category but I am delighted to see a VERYfavourite book of mine there: Barbara Else’s The Volume of Possible Endings. In fact I just posted a young poet a copy of that this week for last week’s challenge! That is how much I LOVE this book!
I have been a NZ Book Award judge so I know how it is choosing a short list so I was also pleased to see two ultraSTARultra favourite books of mine on the long list. I have sung their prasies highly on Poetry Box: Mary McCallum’s Dappled Annie and the Tigrish and Melinda Szymanik’s The Song of the Kauri.
Thank you so much LIANZA for picking a poetry book as they so rarely make these kinds of shortlists. This is an honour for me indeed.
I will do now do a little dance for poetry joy! Woohoo. Woohoo.
Go here to see all the other finalists in the other categories.