Our travelling editor reports that a fine time was had by all at the 2011 Queensland Premier's Literary Awards. Particularly happy was our very own Michael Gerard Bauer who picked up the Mary Ryan's Award ($15,000) for Just a Dog. And we're happy for him. From the judges: 'Children will understand and appreciate patience and hope more deeply after reading this fine book and discover that "a story doesn’t stop being true just because you stop telling it".' We couldn't agree more.