Shiny, shiny awards suitable for hand to hand combat

Brain (Lisa L Hannett) and I arrived in Sydney on Friday and promptly indulged in our major vice: ordering room service. We talked until late, then woke up to more room service (What??)

Then we went for a walk on Saturday morning and wandered through the Pitt St mall and then the QVB , where we saw this awesome clock. Then we found Florentine, where the lovely, lovely lady who owns it told us her tales of travelling Europe in the 50s and sold us some of the most BEAUTIFUL paper products we’ve ever seen. We were there for an hour and a half. Was awesome.

Next, a walk to Circular Quay, and then back to the hotel for a late lunch, a nap – that became a brain-storming session for Midnight and Moonshine – and then the primping began, all the in hope that all our make-up and hair straighening would not be wasted by the inconvenience of any kind of Rapture. Success!

Onwards to the Independent Theatre at North Syndey (a really nice venue), where we caught up with old friends, made new ones and started on the talkfest that saw us both just about hoarse by the end of the eve. The ceremony began, and I was feeling so thoroughly safe that I would not have to accept any awards that I kicked my high heels off and sat relaxed quite happily … until my name got called for Best Collection for The Girl with No Hands and Other Tales (Ticonderoga Publications). I think I may be the first person to accept an AA with naked feet. I said some stuff … I think it was okay … my brain was kind of fritzed by that point.

By the time they announced the Best Fantasy Short Story, which Lisa and I shared with the lovely and very sweet Thoraiya Dyer, I hadn’t managed to put my shoes back on … essentially “Still barefoot, still grateful.”

One of the best things about the night was winning an award with Lisa – we love our February Dragon and are eternally grateful that Liz Grzyb took it at the last minute (and caused a lot of snoopy dancing). The awards are delightful and heavy and large and I was a bit concerned that I might get stopped at the airport because they looked like chunks of plastic explosive in the x-ray machine.

Congrats to all the nominees and all the winners, and thanks to all the judges – it is a HUGE job – and well done to SpecFaction NSW for taking up the Fantastic Queensland reins and doing such a fabulous job of their first AA!

It was lovely to meet folk like Talie Helene and Ion Newcombe, and to catch up with the likes of Jason Fischer, Cat Sparks, Angie Rega, Al Baxter, the Nahrung-McDermott Power Conglomeration, Kate Eltham and Rob Hoge, and so many more!

Afterwards, we went back to the hotel for the traditional post-AA room service feast, viola.

Peter McNamara Convenors’ Award: Helen Merrick
Best Science Fiction Novel: Transformation Space, Marianne de Pierres
Best Science Fiction Short Story: “The Heart of a Mouse”, K.J. Bishop
Best Fantasy Novel: Power and Majesty, Tansy Rayner Roberts
Best Fantasy Short Story: “The February Dragon”, Lisa L Hannett & Angela Slatter (joint winners) “Yowie”, Thoraiya Dyer
Best Horror Novel: Madigan Mine, Kirstyn McDermott
Best Horror Short Story: “The Fear”, Richard Harland
Best Anthology: Wings of Fire, Edited by Jonathan Strahan and Marianne S Jablon
Best Collection: The Girl With No Hands and other tales, Angela Slatter
Best Illustrated Book / Graphic Novel: Changing Ways: Book 1, Justin Randall
Best Young Adult Novel: Guardian of the Dead, Karen Healey
Best Young Adult Short Story: “A Thousand Flowers”, Margo Lanagan
Best Children’s Fiction(told primarily through pictures): The Boy and the Toy, Sonya Hartnett (writer) & Lucia Masciullo (illustrator)
Best Children’s Fiction (told primarily through words): The Keepers, Lian Tanner
Kris Hembury Encouragement Award: Jodi Cleghorn

The full list of nominees is here.

And this morning, there was French Toast with bacon and much coffee, then a quick trip to the airport and I got checked in and through Security in under five minutes – nothing short of a miracle!

Huzzah!

And that is all.

Now, I’m sure I have a pair of shoes around here somewhere.

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12 Responses to Shiny, shiny awards suitable for hand to hand combat

  1. Steve Turner says:

    Hi Ange
    A big hug and hearty double congratulations – you rock girl!
    I’m so proud of you, as are the whole Clarion group.
    Keep it up, your star is certainly rising.
    cheers
    Steve

  2. Angela says:

    Thanks so much, Steve 🙂

  3. Lynne Lumsden Green says:

    I am so thrilled for both your wins, and for Lisa too. Congratulations. I predict that you are going to win heaps more in the future. However, I hope the joy of each win never diminishes!

  4. Natalie says:

    Congratulations on your well-deserved wins. I have been following your blog for a while but as I was one of the judges I didn’t think it was safe for me to comment before in case I accidentally gave too much away! I love your writing and I actually think ‘Chrysanthemum Bride’ was my favourite. I get to keep The Girl with No Hands and I look forward to reading more of your work in future.

    Speaking of which, I review Spec Fic for Awritergoesonajourney.com and everything else for M/C Reviews so if you or your readers want to send me free books… jeez I love my job!

    The awards night was great fun and I’m glad you made it back through security with your plastic explosives.

  5. Flinthart says:

    Yay! Well struck, Angel!

  6. Angela says:

    Thanks, Miz Lynne, for all your support xx 🙂

  7. Angela says:

    So lovely to meet you on Saturday night, and so pleased you like our work 🙂

  8. Angela says:

    Many thanks, sir 🙂

  9. Hello Angela and very big congratulations on your award… just one more reason why I am desperate to get my hands on both your anthologies and then bug (was going to say Badger – but well that would be wrong here!) all my friends across the world to follow suit. Your story in Dead Red Heart is one of my favourites.

    Thanks also for spelling my name correctly – I do believe yours is the only list where my evil alter ego “Jodi with an e” is not attributed to the award!

    Hope your celebrations continue well into the week…

  10. Angela says:

    Zanks, m’dear and congrats on award – well deserved! x

  11. Was it not the most splendiferous night??

  12. Angela says:

    Indeedily! Thanks for my lovely award! 😀