As you can probably tell, I’m really rather excited about this fact.
In fact, I need to scream very loudly right now …… STOLEN HAS WON THE GOLD INKY AWARD!!!!!
There. Did you hear me?
I want to make sure and scream again, but in case you heard me the first time, here’s my acceptance speech for winning the award instead:
Unfortunately, my grandfather has been very ill this past week so I wasn’t able to attend the awards in person (which I was REALLY sad about! :-( … ) However, my dear old dad picked up the award for me. I can’t wait to see it in person next week. What a treat!
Thank you so much to everyone who voted for my debut book to win this amazingly wonderful prize. I really am very grateful. This is SUCH a great prize to win. The best thing about this prize is that it’s voted for by YOU, my teenage readers. Wow. So I guess that must mean you kinda like my book? Gosh, I really am very grateful. THANK YOU!!
I’ll be back home in Melbourne early next year so hopefully I’ll get to meet a few of you wonderful voters then. Sure hope so anyway. If anyone has any requests for visits or appearances, please get in touch and we’ll see what we can do.
Only one thing left to say: sadly my grandfather died yesterday, so, in true Oscar style, I think I should dedicate this award to him! And also to you…my voters. Thanks guys. You’re all lovely.