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Sydney writer and teacher Felicity Castagna has been the editor of the Australian poetry magazine, Hermes.

Personal Awards

2010 Literature Board Grants Grants for Emerging Writers For a new work of young-adult fiction.
2004 winner Spirit of Youth Awards Words

Awards for Works

The Incredible Here and Now 2013 single work novel young adult

'Michael’s older brother dies at the beginning of the summer he turns 15, but as its title suggests The Incredible Here and Now is a tale of wonder, not of tragedy. Presented as a series of vignettes, in the tradition of Sandra Cisneros’ Young Adult classic The House on Mango Street, it tells of Michael’s coming of age in a year which brings him grief and romance; and of the place he lives in Western Sydney where ‘those who don’t know any better drive through the neighbourhood and lock their car doors’, and those who do, flourish in its mix of cultures. Through his perceptions, the reader becomes familiar with Michael’s community and its surroundings, the unsettled life of his family, the girl he meets at the local pool, the friends that gather in the McDonalds parking lot at night, the white Pontiac Trans Am that lights up his life like a magical talisman. Suitable for young readers from 14 years of age.' (Publisher's blurb)

2016 shortlisted Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature Young Adult Fiction
2014 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature
2014 shortlisted Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Older Readers
2014 shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Young Adults
2014 winner Prime Minister's Literary Awards Young Adults' Fiction
2014 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Young Adult Book Award
Dev Award Winning Australian Writing 2009 , 2009 single work short story

'An intimate exploration of just what might be the story behind a couple you see sharing the weekend paper at a coffee shop.'

Source: ZineWest blog,
Sighted: 13/01/2010

2008 winner ZineWest Short Story Competition
Next 2009 single work short story '"Next" is a haunting lyrical story about a doomed love affair between two young Australians drifting through Indonesia for very different reasons. He is a young veteran on his way home from Afghanistan; she, an aimless young women in exile from bad love back home.' (Judges' comments)
2009 second Josephine Ulrick Literature Prize
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