Authors and industry figures recognized in the 2022 Queen’s Birthday Honors

A number of Australian authors and industry figures have been honored with Queen’s Birthday Honors this year.

Sophie Blackall has been appointed a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) for her significant services to children’s literature. Blackall, who is based in New York, is the author and illustrator of six titles, and the illustrator of more than 50 children’s books. Blackall has received numerous awards, including the Caldecott Medal from the American Library Association in 2016 and 2019.

Catherine Fox was named an AM for her significant services to journalism, as well as gender equality and diversity. A freelance journalist since 2012, Fox is the author of several books, including, most recently, Women Kind: Unlocking the power of women who support women (with Kirstin Ferguson, Murdoch Books) in 2018.

Author Anita Heiss was named AM for her significant service to Indigenous tertiary studies and the arts. Heiss, former president of the Australian Society of Authors, has received numerous awards for her writing, including the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing in 2012 for Am I dark enough for you? (Ancient). Heiss was also cited for her work with the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and her role as keynote speaker and performer.

The late Chrissy Sharp was posthumously appointed AM for significant service to arts administration in a range of roles, including as CEO and Founding Director of the Wheeler Center 2009-2011 and as CEO of the Sydney Writers’ Festival 2018-2021.

Donna Hay was awarded an Order of Australia in the General Division (OAM) medal for her service to the restaurant and hospitality industry as a cook and author. Hay is the author of 28 cookbooks, including last year’s A perfect pan (Harper Collins).

Jonathan King received an OAM in the General Division for service to community history. King is the author of approximately 30 books, including, most recently, Palestine Diaries: The Light Rider’s Own Story, Battle by Battle (Scribe) in 2017.

Jennifer Martiniello received an OAM for service to the creative and visual arts. Martiniello is the founder of the ACT Indigenous Writers Group and has received numerous awards in recognition of her artistic and community work, including the Banjo Patterson Poetry Prize in 2002 and the Henry Lawson Literary Prize in 1999.

Derek McDonnell received an OAM for service to cultural heritage, specifically literature. McDonnell is the co-founding director of Sydney’s Hordern House Rare Books and has worked as an editor on various works with the State Library of New South Wales and the Australian National Maritime Museum.

Leah McIntosh received an OAM for her services to the arts as a writer and editor. McIntosh is the founding publisher of Liminal magazine and co-editor of Collisions (Pantera) and has worked for organizations such as the Australia Council, Creative Victoria and the Footscray Community Arts Centre.

Sally Murphy received an OAM in the General Division for service to children’s literature and education. Murphy has authored more than 50 children’s and educational books since 1996, including the 2010 CBCA Honor Book. pearl to the world (illustration by Heather Potter, Walker Books).

Kirli Saunders received an OAM in the General Division for service to the arts, specifically literature, for her work as a writer and author. Saunders served as Manager of First Nations Projects at Red Room Poetry from 2017-2020, has been a guest writer on programs in India, China and Indonesia, and is the author of several books, including this year’s Our dream (Magabala).

Author Corey Tutt received an OAM for his service to Indigenous STEM education. Founder and CEO of Deadly Science, Tutt is also the author of The first scientists (Hardie Grant), published last year.

A full list of Australians recognized in this year’s awards can be found here.

Pictured: Anita Heiss.

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