Congratulations Miles Franklin Award winner Sofie Laguna

Posted in Communities on 25/Jun/2015 12:00

Regional Arts Victoria congratulates Sofie Laguna, winner of the 2015 Miles Franklin Literary Award for her novel The Eye of the Sheep.

We toured an adaptation of Sofie's novel Bird & Sugar Boy together with the Centre for Youth Literature and the State Library of Victoria as part of Regional Arts Victoria's 2007 Schools Program. This funny and moving book describes the journey of a twelve-year-old James ‘Birdy’ Burdell, who, being raised by his father in a small country town, must come to terms with his best friend moving to another state. The Bookgig on the Road tour combined live performance of scenes from Bird & Sugar Boy, followed by an authors talk by Sofie Laguna for students. The book was later nominated for a Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year award.

The Miles Franklin judges said the following of The Eye of the Sheep:

The power of this finely crafted novel lies in its coruscating language, inventive and imaginative, reflecting Jimmy's vivid inner world of light and connections and pulsing energy.

Laguna has a true ear for the rhythms of everyday dialogue, and her compassionate rendering of the frustrations - and compensations - of dealing with a child of sideways abilities, makes this novel an impressively eloquent achievement.

Congratulations Sofie!

Sofie Laguna's The Eye of the Sheep has won the 2015 Miles Franklin Literary Award – Australia's most prestigious fiction prize

Sofie Laguna The Eye of the Sheep