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Aust. Women's Weekly, 2 December 1970, p.2
Lilith Norman Lilith Norman i(A29587 works by) (a.k.a. Lilith G. Norman)
Born: Established: 27 Nov 1927 Sydney, New South Wales, ; Died: Ceased: 22 Dec 2017 Naremburn, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,
Gender: Female
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Lilith Norman's earliest success was winning third prize in a newspaper poetry competition when she was eighteen (for 'The Colour of Sorrow: A Lament for the Aborigines'). She worked as a library assistant, then a bookshop assistant, before travelling overseas. She returned to formal library training and work, which led to her appointment as Children's Librarian at Sydney Public Library from 1966 to 1970.

In 1970, Norman joined the editorial staff of the New South Wales School Magazine under Patricia Wrightson and took over as editor when Wrightson retired in 1975. In 1978, Norman started writing in a full-time capacity. In addition to works individually indexed on AustLit, she has also written The Brown and Yellow: Sydney Girls' High School 1883-1983 (Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1983).

Norman died in Naremburn in December 2017: her obituary described her as ' writer, mentor, activist'.

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Grandpa Sydney : Margaret Hamilton Books , 1998 Z863708 1998 single work picture book children's 'Blake thought that his Grandpa was a pain in the neck sometimes. He took over Blake's room and told the same stories over and over. But now that Grandpa has gone, Blake remembers how he was good at fixing things and how he made a whole shelf of animals out of horseshoe nails. Blake realises he treasures these memories of Grandpa and wants to share them with his class at school'
(Source: Back cover).
1999 honour book CBCA Book of the Year Awards Picture Book of the Year
1999 winner Australian Family Therapists' Award for Children's Literature Picture Book and Younger Readers
y separately published work icon A Dream of Seas Sydney : Collins , 1978 Z372600 1978 single work children's fiction children's 'The boy is lonely following the loss of his father and clings to a fantasy of one day becoming a seal. Are they seals - or only boardriders in wetsuits? Maybe there's a magical distance where things are what you want them to be, not what they are. At least, that's the boy's dream. It's a dream that draws him back and back to the sea, because the sea is the only world that washes them all: the boy, his drowned father, and the newborn seal cub.' (Source: QBD Books)

1980 IBBY Honour Diploma Writing
y separately published work icon Climb a Lonely Hill Sydney London : Collins , 1970 Z863545 1970 single work children's fiction children's Chronicles a brother's and sister's efforts to survive when an auto accident strands them in the Australian bush.
1971 commended CBCA Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year Award
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