Congratulations from all of us in Sisters in Crime to Cate Kennedy for winning the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for (Poetry) for The Taste of River Water. When Cate the first and then second Scarlet Stiletto Awards back in 1994 and 1995, we had no idea we'd created such a literary juggernaut. Since then, Cate has won almost every short story competition in the land together with many other literary awards. Way to go girl!
As reported in The Age, 10/9/2011:
''... Perhaps it was Cate Kennedy, who won the poetry prize, whose journeying was the most impressive. Two weekends ago she was in Scotland for the Edinburgh International Book Festival; from there she went to the French Alps for a celebration of Australian culture and music at which she did a literary event with playwright Hannie Rayson and poetry readings last weekend. She flew into Melbourne early on Tuesday morning and was off back to Geneva on Wednesday afternoon. But that was only a brief stopover; from there she was heading to Iowa City and then on to Mexico. So in the space of a couple of weeks she will have been in three of the four UNESCO Cities of Literature. As she told Bookmarks: ''Bigger than my amazement at winning this prize is my carbon footprint at the moment".'
We're sorry we can't afford to have Cate jet back for SheKilda but she sending a message for the launch of the Scarlet Stiletto: The Second Cut at SheKilda 2011 on Saturday 8 October. Happy travelling Cate and we hope it keeps the creative juices flowing.