Libby Hathorn, Sydney writer and poet, has been awarded the Alice Award, this year held in Western Australia, on 18th November at the Anzac Club, Perth.
It is a national bi-ennial award made by the Society of Women Writers of Australia. ‘The Alice is awarded to an Australian woman who by her written work has made a distinguished and long-term contribution to Australian literature.’ Former winners include a host of wonderful writers including Judith Wright, Elizabeth Jolley, Ruth Park, Kylie Tennant, Eleanor Dark, Dame Mary Durack, Rosemary Dobson and more recently Brenda Niall, Mem Fox and Kate Grenville.
In her acceptance speech Libby talked of early influences on her writing especially relatives who read poetry out loud and summed up in this way:-“Acceptingwith humility and gratitude this incredible honour of the Alice Award, which allows me to move into the finest of the fine writerly company, I thank you for valuing what I offer which of course, as with any writer, seems never enough. With or without you, I will go on with my writing as I have since childhood, however, I want to say this. Allowing me this award for the body of my work is one of the greatest compliments a writer can have- to know that someone is hearing you and is reading your heart.”