Congratulations to all four finalists, particularly to winners Zenobia Frost and Yen-Rong Wong.
- THE LEBS by Michael Mohammed Ahmad (Hachette Australia): This coming-of-age novel explores the life of Bani Adam, as he grows up in Sydney’s western suburbs in a post-9/11 political climate. Bani has to negotiate his sense of identity and belonging in this hostile, confusing world, while dreaming of so much more.
- A SAND ARCHIVE by Gregory Day (Picador Australia): Seeking stories of Australia’s Great Ocean Road, a young writer stumbles across a manual from a minor player in the road’s history, engineer FB Herschell. The slim, grey volume appears unremarkable, but it paints a surprising portrait of its author between the lines.
- A STOLEN SEASON by Rodney Hall (Picador Australia): This novel explores the stories of three people whose lives have been changed profoundly by war, men and money, and their experiences of a period of life they never thought possible.
- THE DEATH OF NOAH GLASS by Gail Jones (Text Publishing): Having just returned from a trip to Sicily, art historian Noah Glass is discovered floating face down in the swimming pool at his Sydney apartment. Complicating matters, a sculpture has gone missing from a museum in Palermo, and Noah is a suspect. His children Martin and Evie must come to terms with their father’s death in this novel of grief, loss and artistic contemplation. Gail has previously been shortlisted for the Miles Franklin for Sixty Lights (2006), Dreams of Speaking (2007), Sorry (2008) and longlisted for Five Bells (2012).
- TOO MUCH LIP by Melissa Lucashenko (The University of Queensland Press): Wise-cracking Kerry Slater has spent a lifetime avoiding two things – her hometown and prison. But now her Pop is dying and she’s an inch away from the lockup, so she heads south on a stolen Harley. With plans to spend 24 hours, tops, over the border, she quickly realises that family and Bundjalung country have other plans. Melissa has been previously longlisted for the Miles Franklin with Mullumbimby in 2014.
- DYSCHRONIA by Jennifer Mills (Picador Australia): One morning, the residents of a small coastal town somewhere in Australia wake to discover the sea has disappeared. One among them has been plagued by troubling visions of this cataclysm for years. Is she a prophet? Does she have a disorder that skews her perception of time? Or is she a gifted and compulsive liar?
The shortlist for the 2019 Hazel Rowley Fellowship is:
Maggie Tonkin (South Australia) for a biography of renowned Australian choreographer Meryl Tankard
Brigitta Olubas (NSW) for a biography of writer Shirley Hazzard
Eleanor Hogan (Northern Territory) for her project on the friendship between Ernestine Hill and Daisy Bates
Stephenie Cahalan (Tasmania) writing about artist Jean Belette, ‘The Modern Woman of Australian Modernism’
Gabrielle Carey (NSW) for a biography of Elizabeth von Arnim, who was Katherine Mansfield’s cousin and a writer herself, known for her novel Elizabeth and Her German Garden
James Boyce (Tasmania) for a new biography of Governor Lachlan Macquarie
James Mairata (NSW) for a biography about Australian film and television producer Hal McElroy
Diana James (NSW) for her proposal ‘Open Hearted Country: Nganyinytja’s Story’
More at Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship
Calla Wahlquist, The Guardian, 31st Jan 2019
The winner of Australia’s richest literary prize did not attend the ceremony.
His absence was not by choice.
Behrouz Boochani, whose debut book won both the $25,000 non-fiction prize at the Victorian premier’s literary awards and the $100,000 Victorian prize for literature on Thursday night, is not allowed into Australia.
The Kurdish Iranian writer is an asylum seeker who has been kept in purgatory on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea for almost six years, first behind the wire of the Australian offshore detention centre, and then in alternative accommodation on the island.
Now his book No Friend But the Mountains – composed one text message at a time from within the detention centre – has been recognised by a government from the same country that denied him access and locked him up.
Read more at The Guardian
[A (condensed) version of Behrouz Boochani’s ‘A letter from Manus Island’ was performed in Hobart last year at MAC’s Concert for Refugees].
Steph Harmon, ‘The Guardian’: 5th Dec 2018
Gerald Murnane has beaten Peter Carey, Richard Flanagan, Kim Scott and Michelle de Kretser to win $80,000 for his novel Border Districts in the fiction category at the 2018 Prime Minister’s Literary awards. Judged by panel, the awards are among the most prestigious in Australia and the richest, with $600,000 in total prize money awarded across six categories, including $5,000 for each of the 30 shortlisted authors.
More at ‘The Guardian’
The full list of thirty poems is at Hunter Writers Centre
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(By Richard Orange, The Guardian, 12th June 2018)
The accusations led to a split in the Swedish Academy, the institution that awards the Nobel prize in literature, over its handling of the allegations, and in particular over whether Arnault’s wife, the poet Katarina Frostenson, should continue to be a member.
More at The Guardian
Peter Carey – A Long Way from Home (Penguin Random House)
Felicity Castagna – No More Boats (Giramondo Publishing)
Michelle de Kretser – The Life To Come (Allen & Unwin)
Lia Hills – The Crying Place (Allen & Unwin)
Eva Hornung – The Last Garden (Text Publishing)
Wayne Macauley – Some Tests (Text Publishing)
Catherine McKinnon – Storyland (Harper Collins Publishing)
Gerald Murnane – Border Districts (Giramondo Publishing)
Jane Rawson – From The Wreck (Transit Lounge)
Michael Sala – The Restorer (Text Publishing)
Kim Scott – Taboo (Picador Australia/Pan Macmillan Australia)
More at The Guardian, 23rd May 2018
For the first time since 1949, the secretive jury that hands out the world’s most prestigious literary award will not unveil a winner this autumn, instead revealing two winners in 2019. The decision, announced at 9am Swedish time following a meeting on Thursday, comes after a string of sexual assault allegations made against the French photographer Jean-Claude Arnault, the husband of academy member and poet Katarina Frostenson.
(Alison Flood, Friday 4th May 2018. More at The Guardian)