Judge: Jackie French
Jackie is author of ‘Walking the Boundaries’, ‘Diary of a Wombat’ and ‘Nanberry’ and was the Australian National Children’s Laureate for 2014 and 2015. Jackie’s writing career spans 25 years, 148 wombats, over 140 books, 36 languages, 3,721 bush rats, and over 60 awards in Australia and overseas. She is also an historian, ecologist, dyslexic, and a passionate worker for literacy, the right of all children to be able to read, and the power of books.
Judge: John Foulcher
John Foulcher has written eleven books of poetry, most recently 101 Poems (PSP 2015), a selection from his previous books, and A Casual Penance (PSP 2017). His work has appeared in national magazines and anthologies for over thirty years. In 2010-11 he was the Literature Board’s resident at the Keesing Studio in Paris; his collection, The Sunset Assumption (PSP 2012) reflects on that experience. His poetry was set for study on the NSW Higher School Certificate syllabus for an extended period of time. Living in Canberra, he is married to Jane, has two children, Dylan and Alice.