I’m honoured and delighted to have been a recipient of a Curtin Distinguished Alumni award. It is given to Curtin graduates for the significant and valuable contributions they make to society. The other recipients have made amazing contributions to society. I feel humbled being mentioned alongside them.
My award blurb said this:
Marianne de Pierres
Since completing her Bachelor of Arts (English) at Curtin, Marianne de Pierres has had a very successful writing career, publishing several novels and short stories, and her work has been translated into nine languages. Marianne has shaped perceptions of who and what a female Australian writer can be and achieve. She has challenged traditions by writing across genres and defied stereotyping by telling her stories on multiple platforms.
I couldn’t be at the awards ceremony, but I was wonderfully represented by my nephew and his wife. You can see Andrew fourth from the left with a big cheesy grin.