TeenRage

ONLINE EVENT. Authors Tania Chandler, Leanne Hall, and Ruth McIver talk to award-winning YA writer, Ellie Marney, about crime that starts with the young but continues to reverberate, transforming and traumatising many in its wake. Assaults, abductions and, most especially, murder, all leave a terrible legacy. FREE but must register.

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Winner – Children’s Book

Clara is a small scruffy chook who is tormented by the rooster and the other hens. She escapes by watching a girl detective on TV and sees herself as a fellow crime-solver. She can’t speak human but writes a letter that there is an egg thief in the area ….

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Winner – Best Debut Book

Leah Swann’s writing is subtle which makes the narrative developments even more frightening. The finale leaves readers in a dark, ambiguous place, and sparked questions among the judges. Sheerwater is a standout, and we look forward to reading more from Leah Swann.

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Winner – Best Young Adult Crime Book

Through … vividly written characters the author skilfully introduces themes of family violence, teenage pregnancy, entrenched racism and family secrets. Then she weaves them into a more complex story of loss and love, beauty and horror.  An outstanding work by a talented author.

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Winner – Best Adult Crime Novel

The Good Sister is bursting with surprising twists and laced with a sinister undercurrent. It’s a novel of unforeseen love, betrayal and danger which concludes with a satisfying and rewarding ending. Judges enjoyed the journey.

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View the Davitt Awards Video

Whilst a good time was had by all, a recording was made for posterity. And for those who were unable to join us on the night.

Check out the wonderful interview with Debra Oswald, who said writers are ‘match fit for lockdown’ and ‘built for a pandemic’. Find out why by watching the video.

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