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A SINGULAR HONOUR

As a writer, I thought I’d seen and done most of what my profession had to offer.

Turns out I wasn’t even close!

In the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, I was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).

The citation reads, “For significant service to the arts, as a prolific author and as a role model and mentor to young emerging writers.”

website : Governor-General’s Order of Australia

According to the notification of the award, the Order of Australia is the pre-eminent means by which Australia recognizes the outstanding and meritorious service of its citizens. Awards are announced publicly on Australia Day and the Queen’s Birthday Holiday in June.

The most common response I hear from other honorees, is that there are many others more worthy of such recognition. I certainly feel that way. At the same time I’m delighted that a key reason for the award was my being a role model and mentor to emerging writers.

Of all the aspects of my career giving me the most pleasure, mentoring other writers along their journey to publication stands out. Mostly, this is done through the Valerie Parv Award given by Romance Writers of Australia since 1999, with nearly all the past winners successfully published, many with international awards to their names. In different ways beyond the VPA, I’ve shared the journeys of other emerging writers, not always publicly, but still giving me huge satisfaction in helping them along their way.

Then there are the wonderful communities, large and small across NSW, where I’ve been privileged to serve as their Australia Day Ambassador since 2006. From giving the Australia Day address, participating in citizenship ceremonies and presenting community service awards, I’m blown away by how much these generous individuals and groups contribute to their communities. As a migrant from England, I’m also reminded how fortunate and thankful I am to be an Australian, especially at times like this.

Valerie with the Mayor, CEO and Citizens of the Year at Young NSW 2015

NATIONAL MEDAL AWARDED
TO VALERIE PARV

  “The ASA Board awards the ASA Medal bi-annually to honour members of Australia’s writing community who have contributed significantly to our literary culture. Your contribution has been judged outstanding across the board, from the quality of your writing to your hard work in support of other authors, the principles of authorship and this organization itself.”

"This is one award that has to be earned" – Angelo Loukakis


Angelo Loukakis, Executive Director of the Australian Society of Authors,
after presenting Valerie Parv with the ASA Medal 2014

In accepting the ASA Medal, Valerie said:
"As one whose first books were chiselled on cave walls, I am honoured to be given this award and would also like to congratulate my fellow honoree for 2014, Nadia Wheatley.

My first published book, Growing and Using Herbs (Ure Smith), caused little fanfare in my family, not being a blockbuster or even a novel.

It took joining the Australian Society of Authors to make me realise I’d done something that mattered, I’d written a book and had it published, the first of more than eighty novels and non-fiction titles. I’m proud to be that rare breed, a writer supporting myself through my writing since my twenties.

In the Australian Society of Authors, I had great mentors, not only in matters of craft but also in the importance of giving back to a profession that has been so good to me.

As well as the ASA executive and membership, I’d like to thank my agent of twenty years, Linda Tate. She not only has my back, but my front and the top of my head as well, even if I’m still waiting for that body double I asked for.

Receiving such an important award decided by your peers has to be as good as it gets. Thank you so much.”

Valerie

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