Writer Sharlene Teo won the Deborah Rogers Writers’ Award for her manuscript of Ponti. When presenting the prize, author Ian McEwan praised her work as a “remarkable first novel in the making”. Ponti follows the intertwining lives of three women, touching on friendship and memory, and the things people do on the brink of adulthood that haunt them years later. Amelia Lush meets the young author, who is an exciting new literary voice in the vein of Zadie Smith.

Sharlene Teo (International)

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Sharlene Teo is the winner of the inaugural Deborah Rogers Writer’s Award for Ponti, her first novel. She is currently completing a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of East Anglia, where she received the Booker Prize Foundation Scholarship and David TK Wong Creative Writing award. She holds fellowships from the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation and the University of Iowa International Writing Program and was shortlisted for the 2017 Berlin Writing Prize.

Amelia Lush (Australian)

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Amelia Lush, the Children's Marketing Coordinator for Better Reading, is the recipient of the 2016 Penguin Random House Young Bookseller of the Year Award and the 2014 Elizabeth Reilly Fellowship for Children's Bookselling. Over her career, she has been on literary judging panels such as the ABIA Awards, Indie Awards and Richell Prize. Amelia has a decade of frontline bookselling under her belt, and loves nothing more than delving into discussions with others who share a passion for literature.