The Australian Human Rights Commission has announced the shortlist for its Human Rights Non-Fiction Literature Award and we're thrilled that Jayne Newling's Missing Christopher has been named as one of the four finalists.
Missing Christopher is story of a mother's journey through inconsolable grief after the death of her teenage son. Powerfully written, it's an eloquent reminder that our hold on life is tenuous, and communication, love and togetherness are the key to surviving such a tragedy.
Commission President, Professor Gillian Triggs, said the Human Rights Awards are an opportunity to acknowledge and congratulate individuals and organisations who work tirelessly to protect and advance human rights in Australia.
There are 10 award categories. These include the Human Rights Medal and the Young People’s Human Rights Medal, the Business Award and the Non-Fiction Literature Award, the Print and Online Media Award, the Radio Award, the Television Award, the Law Award, the Tony Fitzgerald Memorial Community Award – Individual, and the Community Organisation Award.
The 2014 Australian Human Rights Awards will be presented at a cocktail-style event to mark International Human Rights Day, 10 December, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.