Books

Older women reading slightly more books

New figures out this week have shown that older women are bucking a trend towards reading fewer books.

Roy Morgan Research said a survey showed that women aged over 65 were reading around one per cent more novels and non-fiction books than they were back in 2010. But the results were not so good for younger groups.

While there was an increase in book reading among children aged 6-13, after the age of 14, there was a decline.

Computer games and wooden planes inspire prize winner

Tech-savvy children playing computer games and the author’s childhood memories of make-believe planes made of wooden crates have inspired the winner of the 2014 National Seniors Literary Prize.

Bruce Gannaway of Mt Warren Park in Queensland, was chosen as this year’s winner with his novel The Last Eaglehawk, an adventure set in 1942 Australia where a group of forgotten children are recruited and trained to fly small fighter‐planes against the advancing Japanese empire.

Sydneysider wins seniors book prize

The 2013 winner of the National Seniors Literary Prize is Persephone Nicholas, whose novel Burned was inspired by her own life milestones of motherhood and migration.

Her fictional story, to be published in June, tells the story of one horrific event connecting four lives.

Ms Nicholas, 50, was presented with her prize at a ceremony in the offices of Random House Australia in North Sydney earlier this week.

Good response to literary competition

National Seniors has received a good response to this year’s literary prize competition with the number of entries up on last year.

The National Seniors Literary Prize 2012 will be awarded to a work of fiction themed on the concept of change.

The competition, which closes tomorrow, gives one lucky author the opportunity to make their mark in the world of publishing.

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in late February 2013.

Older writers book prize launched

Older unpublished Australian authors have a chance to see their work in print after the announcement this week of the National Seniors Literary Prize for 2012.

Last year, co-authors Paul Cieslar and Jeff Steel took out the inaugural prize with their non-fiction book No Heil Hitler. This year, publishing company Random House Australia is sponsoring the award for a fiction work with the theme of ‘change’.

“The over 50s have lived long and seen many changes, so they are well-placed to write about them,” Michael O’Neill said.

Inaugural seniors’ literary prize shortlisted

A group of older Australian writers are a step closer to seeing their work in print after being shortlisted for the inaugural National Seniors Phillpotts Literary Prize.

Established earlier this year by National Seniors Australia and National Seniors member David Needham, the prize aims to help the winner with the costs of editing, printing, publishing and marketing of a non-fiction work.

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