I am thrilled to announce I’ve become an AWARD WINNING AUTHOR for my book, Our Sunburnt Country.
A recognition honoured by the Royal Societies of Australia and New Zealand for ‘outstanding writing on social change.’
I’m truly grateful to all who made this possible.
Writing a book is no easy feat.
Months upon months reading literature on the climate crisis and biodiversity loss that brought tears to my eyes.
Weeks upon weeks reaching out to people for interviews and follow-ups.
Days upon days of staring at my computer screen until strained eyesight gave me headaches.
Hours upon hours of solitude and stretching out my hip that had seized up from being stationary and which seared in pain.
Self-doubt questioning whether “will all this work ever be published?” and “would anyone read it anyway?”
But I’ve had the most incredible writing journey and met the most inspiring people on this path.
I’ve handwritten cards of gratitude to hundreds of people.
Have spoken on stages to thousands more.
I’ve posted my book to over 30 countries.
And sent it to over 45 members of Parliament.
I recorded my audiobook in a homemade mattress studio in the middle of lockdown with a recording team across the country.
Published in Large Print and Dyslexia Font, and made a video in Auslan for the Deaf, because I truly believe all people must be included in these conversations.
I am so proud that my book is out in the world, and I am so proud of the story that it tells.
I am just one of the millions of farmers around the globe who are doing all they can to look after their homes and farming communities.
The climate crisis is severely impacting farmers today, but there are abundant ways we can tackle this problem and create a better world.
This is a story that needs to be heard.
I dedicate this Award to all the farmers.
Thank you to the Royal Societies of Australia and New Zealand for awarding me the Bruce Piasecki and Andrea Masters Award for Writing on Social Change.
I am honoured to be the Author of my AWARD WINNING BOOK, Our Sunburnt Country.