Rob with fellow winners Robin de Crespigny (non-fiction for The People Smuggler) and Neil Grant (Young Adult Book Award for The Ink Bridge).
- Accepting the prize from Professor Ian Lowe (Griffith University and President of the Australian Conservation Foundation).
- Looking serious making a rare serious speech after accepting the award.
I just received these pictures from Claire Booth, one of the amazing organisers behind the 2012 Queenlsland Literary Awards, from the evening of the awards ceremony on 4 September. I realised I haven’t yet posted the news that Sex, Genes & Rock ‘n’ Roll: How Evolution has Shaped the Modern World was awarded the Science Writers prize. This year’s awards were extra-special because, when Queensland Premier Campbell Newman withdrew the state’s $240,000 commitment, a small group of volunteers ensured they went ahead – with the help of several sponsors and a crowd-funded campaign. These awards are extra-special for science readers and authors, because they are the only Australian awards specifically for science books.