We are thrilled that Felicity Castagna has won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award, Young Adult Fiction for her work The Incredible Here and Now. The award was presented at a gala dinner in Melbourne. For the full list of winners and shortlisted titles, click here.
SBS broadcast the event, to watch the video, click here.
The judges said:
When Michael’s beloved older brother Dom dies in a car crash, Michael and his family are left with aching grief. What an aptly titled novel this is: a vivid portrait of a teenage boy, his family and community in Sydney’s western suburbs learning about life, death and love. Writer Felicity Castagna exploits a series of vignettes to create a wholly satisfying, moving story: its short, sculpted chapters capture Michael’s thoughts, moods and insights in quickening moments. Michael has the outward reticence of a teenage boy, but so much happening beneath the surface. This is a splendid portrayal of a boy on the cusp.