Port Stephens Literature Award Winners

Jann Sturdy and Lloyd Hogg with one of Jann's prize winning quilts.
Jann Sturdy and Lloyd Hogg with one of Jann’s prize winning quilts.

 

“Don’t sit down!” This was the advice given to Anna Bay’s Jann Sturdy by the announcer at the 2017 quilting show.

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You see, Jann more or less scooped the pool with her entries, returning to the table time and again to pick up more prizes.

Others to do well included Lynley Keers, Wendy Nutt, and Maureen Grealy. Some 58 quilts were entered with a further 29 on display over the weekend of November 18th and 19th at Club Lemon Tree.

Wendy Nutt has also recently won a commendation in the Australian Modern Quilt Show.

The Quilt Show was also chosen as a venue to announce the winners of the Port Stephens Literature Awards 2017.

The $1100 in prize money is funded by PSSC, Club Lemon Tree and entry fees. It has been running for some 15 years under the umbrella of TACE (Tilligerry Adult and Community Education), a not for profit group connected to Port Stephens Shire Council.

This year drew entries from every Australian state with local writers from Medowie, Tea Gardens and Tanilba Bay featuring in the top 21 awards.

First prize ($500) went to Sophia Field from Victoria with her story.

‘Chocolate Milk’. The same story also won the $50 Judges’ award.

Second prize ($300) was taken out by Tasmanian Freya Cox with her entry ‘A Colour of Loss.’

The News Of The Area award ($150) was for ‘A Child Named Warrior written by Rob Viskovich from Lane Cove in Sydney.

 

By Geoff WALKER

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