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Reflections on The Adas

“The Ada Cambridge prize holds a special place in my heart.”

Anna Brasier

In 2004, before the birth of my third child, I rekindled my love for writing. Every week I met with like-minded mums at a community hall in Yarraville, and while our children played at our feet, we scribbled our thoughts down on paper.

These random thoughts eventually became the basis for my first short story, The Drive Home, which I entered into The Ada Cambridge Biographical Prize 2006. I remember the thrill and the fear that I felt as I slotted the envelope containing my story into the mouth of the red post box.

landscape, night road


It was wonderful to have been shortlisted, and even more so, when I discovered that my father had also been shortlisted with his story, First Night. There we were at the ceremony at the Williamstown Mechanics institute, both of us grinning from ear-to-ear.

My father passed away some years ago now, and the two of us celebrating our writing success at the Williamstown Literary Festival, holds a special place in my heart.

Read The Drive Home.


“I was delighted to be shortlisted.”

Barb Hughes

In 2013 I did a writing course at the Faber Academy.

One of the exercises we were asked to do was to write a ‘memory’ piece. I made a small start on a story about the few days before my father died. When I read it out to the group, I started to cry. I hadn’t realised until that moment how deeply affected I had been by those days.

noro-orbi yarn


I decided then that I had to write the story properly and the result was The Visit. I submitted the story for the Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize that year and was delighted to be shortlisted, and even more delighted to be presented with a book with my story in it.

Read The Visit