2019 Hazel Rowley Fellowship shortlist announced

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… Continue reading

Behrouz Boochani: detained asylum seeker wins Australia’s richest literary prize

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… Continue reading

‘It’s uncanny’: acclaim at last for Gerald Murnane, lost genius of Australian letters

Gay Alcorn, 21st Sept 2018, ‘The Guardian’ “I have something to say first,” says Gerald Murnane, to around 250 people who have come to hear Australia’s difficult literary genius in a rare outing. “You people here tonight can count yourselves fortunate … because this is going to be my last… Continue reading

Richard Flanagan: ‘Our politics is a dreadful black comedy’ – press club speech in full

(Richard Flanagan, National Press Club address) Indigenous Australia has, after great thought and wide discussion, asked that it be heard, and that this take the form of an advisory body to parliament – a body that would be recognised in the constitution. Indigenous Australia wasn’t even recorded as a general… Continue reading