South Australian members of the Australian Society of Authors met for their end of year Christmas event in Adelaide on the 4th December. Included in the evening was the presentation by Elizabeth Hutchins of the 2012 Hans Christian Andersen Award Nomination certificate to Australia’s nominee for writing, Christobel Mattingley, AM. Mention was made of the high regard with which Christobel is held in South Australia, where she is especially loved and revered by indigenous people for producing Survival in our Own Land which is about Aboriginal experiences in the state since 1836. Elizabeth highlighted Christobel’s care for people and our world as demonstrated in her concern for world peace in the No Guns for Asmir trilogy, conservation issues in Chelonia Green Champion of Turtles and compassion for those with disabilities in The Race. Elizabeth concluded “Thank you – you are one of our state’s and Australia’s treasures”.
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