- Au is one of six major winners to share in Australia’s richest literary awards.
- The winners were chosen by an independent panel across six categories from a total of 643 entries.
- Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said important to recognise “contribution writers and illustrators make to our cultural life”.
“It’s just been like nothing I expected really, but obviously incredibly gratifying and pleasing,” Au told AAP.
At just under 100 pages, Cold Enough for Snow is the story of a mother and daughter who go on holiday in Japan: they talk about childhood, family, clothes and horoscopes, yet there is both tenderness and distance between them.
It’s the first year the awards have been managed by Creative Australia, formerly the Australia Council, after several controversies including former prime ministers intervening in the results.
“It’s just really hard to come up with an idea that will sustain itself meaningfully over the course of a novel,” she said.
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/au-works-part-time-at-a-library-shes-just-won-80-000-for-this-book/g5yf9dwvj Au works part-time at a Melbourne library. She’s just won $80,000 for this book