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CBCA NSW announces winner of Aspiring Writers’ Mentorship Program

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) NSW branch has awarded its 2015 Aspiring Writers’ Mentorship Program Charlotte Waring Barton Award to Derina McLaughlin for her story about ‘a young girl’s belief in an orphan Brumby’.

The award, which is sponsored by Penguin Random House (PRH) Australia, is presented annually to an unpublished author residing in NSW. McLaughlin receives six hours of mentoring with PRH author Belinda Murrell and three hours with PRH staff, including a publisher, editor and member of the marketing and publicity team.

The judges said McLaughlin’s ‘The Brumby of Summerhill Park’ was ‘an engaging and fascinating story about what it’s like to live on a farm, break in a brumby and race in a stockman’s bush race’, noting its appear to ‘young readers who love horse stories’.

McLaughlin will receive the award at the Lady Cutler Dinner in Sydney on 17 November. For more information, click here.


Category: Local news