2013 really went out with a bang for Yijala Yala Project. First of all, we were honoured to hear that our interactive iPad story Ngurrara was commended with a ‘jury selection’ at the 17th Japan Media Arts Festival. This is an especially meaningful recognition given that there were over 4000 entries across the four award divisions from all over the world, and only 31 other jury selections from over 600 in our category.
Written by Tyson Mowarin from Weerianna Street Media and illustrated by Stuart Campbell, Ngurrara is told through the eyes of three young men as they fish, hunt and carve their stories at Murujuga – the world’s largest and oldest rock art gallery. We are thrilled that the jury members of the Japan Media Arts Festival were drawn to this Ngarluma story spanning 30,000 years. Ngurrara is downloadable for free from iTunes, so check it out if you haven’t yet had the chance.
Secondly, we have just received word that NEOMAD has been included in the ‘Best Books of 2013’ list by the prestigious Kirkus Reviews! Founded in 1933, Kirkus has been the authoritative voice in book discovery for 80 years, giving readers and book industry professionals unbiased, critical recommendations they can trust.
Kirkus Reviews calls NEOMAD ‘dazzling’, and awards it the ‘Kirkus Star’, one of the most sought-after designations in the book industry, helping readers to ‘discover books of exceptional merit’. Thanks Kirkus, and congratulations to Sutu, the Love Punks and Satellite Sisters for rocking the industry in 2013! Read the full NEOMAD review on the Kirkus Reviews site, and sort your reading list for 2014.