Congratulations to Jayne Newling whose book Missing Christopher has been awarded the Australian Human Rights Commission's 2014 Human Rights Award for Literature. Missing Christopher is the compelling and inspirational story of the death of Jayne's teenage son Christopher.
I had finished a first draft of the book and hated it. I shoved it in the drawer. When my son Nic, begged me to write about his brother Christopher I decided to give it another shot. I did the Faber course over a six month period and forced myself to finish it in that time. The course was fantastic because it gave me confidence to continue. All the writers in the group were encouraging and for the first time I started to believe what I had to say was worthwhile.