The Dromkeen Medal, initiated in 1982, is bestowed annually to an Australian resident for outstanding achievement in the creation of Australian children's and young adult literature.
The Dromkeen Medal was designed by Robert Ingpen and depicts the Dromkeen Homestead, a sickle moon and boughs of wattle. Previous Medal recipients include celebrated children's book illustrators and authors such as Alison Lester, Shaun Tan, Bronwyn Bancroft, Ruth Park, Andy Griffiths and Graeme Base.
2017 Dromkeen Medal
The 2017 Dromkeen Medal was awarded to to Erica Wagner, publisher of Books for Children and Young Adults at Allen & Unwin, Melbourne.
The panel noted that Erica has a history of finding and nurturing writing and illustrating talent, and has established career-long relationships with many of the creative people with whom she works. Erica is described as a highly valued member of the senior publishing team; a ground-breaking and successful publisher; a patient and insightful mentor of editors; and a trusted advisor to her colleagues.
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