I found out recently that the winner of the 2012 Eric Rolls Nature Essay Prize is … me!
The award means a great deal, not just for the recognition of my essay, ‘Triangulation’, in the field of Australian nature writing, but becasue Eric Rolls – sometimes called the Father of Australian Nature Writing for his A Million Wild Acres, They all Ran Wild and many other titles – was born near Grenfell, where I grew up. His books were well-read fixtures in my childhood home, as they are in my own home today.
So, many thanks to the Watermark Literary Society and this year’s judges for the prize. I am really looking forward to the Watermark Literary Muster, in lovely Port Macquarie, 18-20 October, 2013. Perhaps I’ll see some of you there.
You’ll find extracts from the essay in a previous post, Ironbark.