Nominations open for 2017 Dromkeen Awards

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Friday 08 September 2017


Nominations for the 2017 Dromkeen Awards for Australian children’s literature are now open.

The awards are split into two categories: The Dromkeen Medal and the Dromkeen Librarian's Award.

The Dromkeen Medal, initiated in 1982, is bestowed annually to an Australian citizen for outstanding achievement in the creation of Australian children's and young adult literature. Previous medal recipients include well-known children's book illustrators and authors Alison Lester, Shaun Tan, Andy Griffiths, Bronwyn Bancroft, Roland Harvey, Ruth Park and Graeme Base.

The Dromkeen Librarian's Award recognises an outstanding achievement in supporting Australian children's and young adult literature. It is open to Australian teachers, teacher librarians or children's and youth services personnel in a library setting, to recognise the important role they play in introducing young people to literature and encouraging an enjoyment and love of reading.

Further information and nomination forms are available via the State Library Victoria website slv.vic.gov.au/dromkeen

Nomination queries should be directed to the Dromkeen program coordinator, Gail Schmidt: dromkeen@slv.vic.gov.au or phone 03 8664 7335.

Nominations close on Friday 13 October 2017.

About Dromkeen

In 2012, the Dromkeen Foundation and Scholastic Australia gifted the entire Dromkeen Collection, along with the Dromkeen archive, to State Library Victoria.

The Scholastic Dromkeen Children’s Literature Collection is a unique collection of original artworks and manuscripts, including approximately 7500 original illustrations from many of Australia’s best loved children's books. Importantly, the collection includes not only original finished artwork but also sketches, preliminary artwork, diagrams and mock-ups, revealing the complex creative journey in producing picture book stories for children. The Dromkeen Collection showcases Australia’s brilliant picture book illustrators and provides a visual record of Australian heritage, history, environment and culture.