I am over the moon and beyond to have won the 2020 Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing in the Open Creative Nonfiction Category. This was incredibly special for me as it means an extract from my memoir manuscript is now published in the Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing Anthology 2020 for the first time. You can download the eBook version of the anthology here.
You can also watch the announcement and reading from an excerpt of my work (read by actor Dennis Coard) at the 10min mark here.
Thank you so much to the judges Claire Coleman and Jeff Sparrow. In their judges’ report they say: ‘
‘As all our certainties collapse around us, we need truth, more than ever, but we also require writers with the poet’s ability to turn a phrase and make the familiar feel strange and the strange, recognisable.’
I feel very honoured and grateful to have won this prize.
In 2019, I was honoured to be a finalist in the Marie Ellis Prize for Drawing. My drawing ‘Self-portrait while Depressed’ was exhibited at the Project Gallery, Queensland College of Art.
I was going through a period of depression and decided
to draw a series of self-portraits. Created over a thirty-four minute period,
the process of drawing quickly turned cathartic as I realised how humorous and
quirky the portraits were becoming. As the line drawings became more funny and
free, I began to feel lighter.
I am excited to let you know that I am a finalist in the 2017 Lethbridge 10 000 Small Scale Art Award for my digital collage on canvas titled ‘My Nana is a Mermaid’. You are all welcome to the opening night and announcement of the winner on Saturday 10 June from 6-8pm. The exhibition runs from 9-18 June 2017 at the Lethbridge Gallery, 136 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington, Brisbane.
Anna was thrilled to be shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Young Writers and Publishers Award at the 2016 Queensland Literary Awards. To be eligible for the awards, applicants had to be 30 or under and demonstrate a track record of work as a writer and a publication history. Applicants were also asked to submit a portfolio of writing and a CV.
The judges’ comments were: ‘Anna is a tremendously talented young poet and the judges were moved by the warmth of her poetry and the gentle touch with which she executes it. Her poetry on domestic spaces, familial relations, the rituals of food and Jewishness make hers a unique voice.’
I am a semi-finalist in the Gender Gaze Exhibition as part of the 2016 Brisbane Festival. The exhibition runs from 15-24 September at Metro Arts. The photograph being exhibited is ‘Tea Party: Anna’s-28th-and-a-half-year birthday pantomime’ and my artist statement reads: ‘I decided to stage a tea party with my childhood toys. While it was fun, the process also raised questions about gender roles and repeating learned behaviours.’
As part of being a semi-finalist my photograph was also shown on a Billboard!
Anna was shortlisted for the 2016 Lord Mayor’s Photographic Awards for her photograph ‘The Poets at Below Deck’.
Below Deck was once a month from April 2015 – April 2016 and run by poet Sophie Tarrant. Within this space, chalk drawings adorned the walls together with an assortment of old paintings and objects. When filled with a mixture of dazzling poets amid low lighting, the event burst with atmosphere.
Photographers were asked to submit images that reflected Brisbane’s creative lifestyle.
On Friday 28 August at the Queensland Poetry Festival, Anna was thrilled to be short-listed for the 2015 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize for her unpublished manuscript Crunchy, No Bruises.
This is Anna’s second time as a finalist in the Clayton Utz Launch Art Award, an award for Queensland artists. Her photographic artwork ‘He Ate Up the Sky’ was selected along with forty-three other finalists.
‘He Ate Up the Sky’ plays with double exposure on medium format film mixed with a circular poem overlay. The work will hang in the Clayton Utz offices for one year and is for sale.