6th May, 2022

BOTY 2022: Meet the Judges

We’ve received a varied and vibrant array of entries to the 2022 Book of the Year Award, covering nearly every genre we can think of and adding up to a record 93 titles submitted! Needless to say, the judges for this year’s award will be busy reading over the coming months. While you wait for the shortlist announcement in September, why not get to know our 2022 judging panel?


Penni Russon

Penni Russon is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of a number of books for children and teenagers, including Only Ever Always, The Endsister and the Undine trilogy. She’s a senior lecturer in writing at the University of Technology Sydney.


Bec Kavanagh

Bec Kavanagh is a writer, literary critic and academic. She has had fiction and non-fiction published in a variety of publications including Meanjin, Overland, The Big Issue, and The Guardian. Bec is the Youth Programming Manager at the Wheeler Centre, and a sessional tutor at LaTrobe University.


Andrew Finegan

Andrew Finegan is an advocate for the Australian arts and culture sector and a qualified librarian with more than 20 years of experience in education and government libraries. He has been a judge for the Aurealis Awards for the past four years, most recently convening the Young Adult Fiction category. He currently lives in Canberra.

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