Scribe eyes top gong

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS - Shan­non Smith

Walpole au­thor Sarah Drum­mond and her de­but novel The Sound are in the run­ning to win the In­ter­na­tional Dublin Lit­er­ary Award.

The prize of €100,000 is the world’s most valu­able an­nual lit­er­ary prize for a sin­gle work of fic­tion in English.

She is one of nine Aus­tralian au­thors among the 137 writ­ers world­wide to be short-listed af­ter nom­i­na­tions.

Drum­mond said be­ing nom­i­nated, and then longlisted for the prize, was an ex­cit­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It re­minds me that lit­er­a­ture from our south coast is go­ing from strength to strength, with a nur­tur­ing and dy­namic group of cre­atives who pro­duce some amaz­ing work,” she said.

“How could we not, with such an evoca­tive land­scape and rich his­to­ries?

“I feel hon­oured and thank­ful that the State Li­brary of West­ern Aus­tralia has nom­i­nated my book. It shows that they con­sider our sto­ries and pub­lish­ers as world class.”

The Sound is a his­tor­i­cal fic­tion based on the true story of two seal­ing crews who sail Bass Strait to WA with Abo­rig­i­nal women and chil­dren in 1825.

Drum­mond was nom­i­nated by the State Li­brary of West­ern Aus­tralia and is pub­lished by Fre­man­tle Press. The State Li­brary said it had not loved a fic­tion book so much since Tim Win­ton’s Cloud­street.

The short-list will be re­leased in April next year, with the win­ner named in June.

The Sound is avail­able in most book­stores and on­line.

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