James Roy James Roy i(A3363 works by) (birth name: James Maitland Roy)
Born: Established: 1968 Trundle, Parkes area, Parkes - Forbes area, Central West NSW, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Male
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James Roy is the son of missionary parents, and spent much of his young life in Papua New Guinea and Fiji. It was there, in the absence of TV and the presence of books, that his love for literature began to flourish, and in 1996 his first novel, Almost Wednesday, was published by University of Queensland Press. Since then he has continued to publish children's and young adult fiction and has received a number of awards and commendations. James Roy sees himself first and foremost as a writer for young people, seeing it as an important role, with skills quite distinct from those of adult novelists. Apart from reading, his main interests are bushwalking, music and painting

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2014 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships New Work - Established Writers 14-15 Young adult literature (12 to 18 yrs)
2010 Literature Board Grants Grants for Established Writers $30,000 for young adult literature writing.
2006 Literature Board Grants Grants for Established Writers $30,000 for children's literature writing

Awards for Works

One Thousand Hills 2016 single work novel young adult

'Agabande, Rwanda, April 1994. The children in the village are doing childlike things, playing with toys they make themselves, going to school and church on Sunday. Doing their chores. But there are whispers and looks, and messages of hate on the radio, and people are leaving. Pascal is a good boy, trying his best, but the world he knows is about to change forever. ' (Publication summary)

2018 shortlisted Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature Young Adult Fiction
2017 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature
2016 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Young Adult Book Award
2016 winner New South Wales Premier's History Awards New South Wales Premier's History Prize Young People’s History Prize
City 2012 selected work short story young adult

'In his acclaimed collection, Town, James Roy used the short story to chart the social tapestry of a country town as seen through the eyes of thirteen young residents. The young people in City are linked in very different ways - through chance meetings, found objects, social connections, the civil disobedience of the shadowy Poet and the streets of a city.

'Like the town in its companion collection, this place has no name. But any reader who has ever lived in a city will find it immediately familiar.

'A striking collection of connected stories that reflect our lives and those of the people that we pass each day. (From the publisher's website.)

2013 longlisted Inky Awards Gold Inky
Anonymity Jones 2010 single work novel young adult

'Once, in a street not very far from yours, there lived a girl called Anonymity Jones.

'Anonymity's life is falling apart. Her father has left to have a mid-life crisis, her mother's new boyfriend is a definite worry, her Europe-bound sister has changed her name (just to make a point) and all her girl friends are now girlfriends, with boyfriends.

'And then there's the art teacher.

'Anonymity is losing control, and it's decision time. Does she hang on, get out, or get even?' (From the publisher's website.)

2010 joint winner Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Young Adults Joint winner with Scot Gardner's Happy as Larry.
2010 longlisted Inky Awards Gold Inky
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