2012 Deadly Awards

This year’s Deadly Awards were announced at a special event at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday night. The awards are presented to Indigenous Australians for excellence in the areas of music, sport, entertainment and community.

And the winner this year for the Outstanding Achievement in Literature Deadly was:

Ruby MoonlightRuby Moonlight

Ali Cobby Eckermann

Ruby Moonlight, a novel of the impact of colonisation in mid north South Australia around 1880. The main character, Ruby, refugee of a massacre, shelters in the woods where she befriends an Irishman trapper. The poems convey how fear of discovery is overcome by the need for human contact, which, in a tense unravelling of events, is forcibly challenged by an Aboriginal lawman. The natural world is richly observed and Rubys courtship is measured by the turning of the seasons.
The other authors and their books nominated for this years award were:

 

Once There was a Boy Second Life

 

Grace Beside Me The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe
Once There Was a Boy Second Life Grace Beside Me The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe
Dub Leffler Chaise Eade Sue McPherson John Maynard
READ  CBCA Book of the Year Awards Shortlist 2014

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