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Margaret Wild wins Lifetime Achievement in Literature

Margaret Wild wins Lifetime Achievement in Literature

Australian Children's author Margaret Wild has been awarded the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature.

The award 'acknowledges the achievements of eminent literary writers over the age of 60 who have made an outstanding and lifelong contribution to Australian literature'.

Wild has published over 70 children's books within her career, making her the ideal candidate for such an award.

Her titles include Bogtrotter, Lucy Goosey, The Treasure Box, Foxand On The Day You Were Born

Many of these are much-loved titles among children and parents alike.

Wild's books have sensitively covered topics such as identity, death, homelessness, friendship and bullying with nuance, and in a way that shows respect to her young readers.

This is far from Wild's first award. She has received multiplee CBCA Children's Book of the Year Awards for the category of Best Picture Book.

She has also received the Queensland Premier's Literary Award's Children's Book Award.

She has also been nominated twice for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, which is the richest award for children and YA literature worldwide.

Wild received her award in a Sydney ceremony on 9 March.