Stuart Glover awarded the 2013 Johnno Award
Rebecca Ellis | On 15, Dec 2013
Last Thursday saw Brisbane Writers Festival founder and Queensland Literary Award Chair, Stuart Glover, take out the award for the 2013 Johnno Award for outstanding contributions Queenslandâ€™s writing community. Â
Glover has been a devoted patron of writing in Queensland for over 15 years, being the founding director of Brisbane Writers Festival and QPIX, the first Manager of Writing at Arts Queensland, deputy chair of Queensland Writers Centre, acting Chair and member of the Literature Board of the Australia Council and the founding chair of Queensland Literary Awards, during his remarkable career.
The award was presented to Glover by Kevin Gillespie, the Chair of Queensland Writers Centre (QWC), who said, â€œIt is my honour, on behalf of Queensland Writers Centre Management Committee, to present Stuart Glover with the 2013 Johnno Award in recognition of his many decades of service to Queensland literature.
â€œStuart Glover has been a formative influence in Queensland writing through his decades of dedicated service,â€ says Meg Vann, CEO of QWC. â€œHe continues to be an extraordinary literary mentor and cultural producer, with a thoughtful and ambitious strategic vision for Queensland literary arts.â€ Â
Established in 2001, the Johnno Award is named after founding QWC patron David Maloufâ€™s eponymous novel, Johnno. It is presented annually to an individual or group in recognition of their outstanding contribution to Queensland writers and writing.
“I am delighted to have received the Johnno.Â Malouf is a hero of mine.Â He sees Brisbane and Queensland so clearly â€” so unsentimentally.Â Â But Johnno is among the most Romantic and compelling of his characters.” Glover says.
â€œI have had the opportunity to work with nearly every organisation with a stake in local writing:Â Arts Queensland, the Writersâ€™ Centre, the writersâ€™ Festival, UQ, QUT, QPIX, the Literature Board, Idiom 23, UQP, and many others. Queensland writing has changed remarkably in that time: it is bold and distinctive â€” and makes an incredible contribution to Australian and International letters.”
Congratulations Stuart from all of the team at Creative Drinks.