Scribe eyes top gong
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.