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Shaun Tan - The Arrival2006 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards

On Friday 08 June 2007 The Minister for Culture and the Arts, Hon Sheila McHale, announced that the book The Arrival by Shaun Tan has won the Premier's Prize in the 2006 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards. Ms McHale said the judges had described Mr Tan’s book as an ‘intriguing and elegant artwork’, which captured intimate personal moments and the ‘vast scale of human movement across time, space and cultures’. Shaun Tan also took out the Children’s Book Award category.

Thirty-four books/scripts were shortlisted in seven categories from the 155 entries. Entries were received in the following categories: Fiction, Poetry, Writing for Young Adults, Children’s books, Scripts, Non-fiction and West Australian History. Prize-money of $7,500 is awarded to winners in each category.

For further information about the 2006 Awards check the guidelines and categories.

Information about previous Western Australian Premier's Book Awards

Previous Years' Winners

Annual literary awards were inaugurated by the Western Australian Government in 1982 to honour and celebrate the literary achievements of Western Australian writers. Until 1990 they were called the WA Week Literary Awards. They are now known as the Western Australian Premier's Book Awards. Lists of previous winners can be viewed by year or category.

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Sponsorship

There are many sponsorship opportunities available for the Premier's Book Awards.

The State Library of Western Australia organises the awards for the Western Australian Government.

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