Congratulations to the fabulous Anita Bell and the late, great Sara Douglass, who are the joint winners of the 2012 Norma K Hemming Award. The award is for excellence in the exploration of race, gender, sexuality, class and disability in Australian speculative fiction. Anita won for her novel Hindsight and Sara for The Devil’s Diadem. This is the second time Anita has won: Diamond Eyes, the first book in her trilogy, won last year, so this is an outstanding achievement by her. And while we’re still saddened by the loss of Sara Douglass, we’re also extremely happy to see her amazing work continue to be recognised.
We are also thrilled to congratulate Kim Westwood on winning the Ditmar Award for Best Novel for The Courier’s New Bicycle. It’s another wonderful win for this fantastic novel that was also named Best Science Fiction Novel at the Aurealis Awards.