As you may have seen, my Melbourne Writers Fest pre-festival blogging is in full swing. I'll be cross-posting some of the longer posts over here, but do check in on the blog for Steph Convery and Mark Welker's posts, too, and to find out more about the festival. And please do come along to the … Continue reading Bits & bobs: Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, Kibble & Dobbie
In response to QLD Premier Campbell Newman's axing of the Premier's Literary Awards, a passionate group of people have rallied together to make sure a version of the awards is still going ahead: the Queensland Literary Awards. The judges are hard at work and now they're looking for some financial support so that the winning … Continue reading Bits & bobs: support the Queensland Literary Awards, MWF blogging
Need a recommendation for more great books by Australian women? Well the shortlists for the Kibble and Dobbie awards have just been announced. The Kibble Literary Award ($30,000) recognises the work of an established Australian female writer, and the Dobbie Award ($5000) is for the first published work of an Australian female writer. The shortlists … Continue reading Shortlist for Kibble and Dobbie Literary Awards announced
The Miles Franklin Literary Award 2012 shortlist has been announced. And I have absolutely nothing controversial to say about it! Despite the amount of Australian fiction I read (more than almost anyone I know) I haven't read them all. I'll at least get to the winner (after I hopefully find time to read the 2012 … Continue reading Token Miles Franklin shortlist blog post
The longlist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award is nominated by libraries worldwide, so it's no surprise that Australian books have been put forward by Australian libraries. Nonetheless, the €100,000 prize is nothing to balk at. It's a long longlist, but an interesting one. I like seeing the flavour of different libraries in different … Continue reading Aussies up for largest worldwide literary prize: IMPAC Dublin longlist
I attended the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards last night. I drank a lot of red wine, Casey Bennetto sang, awards were given, people got emotional, Peter Temple was hilarious, there was a dessert buffet, and Penguin CEO Gabrielle Coyne and I had a conversation about Michael Jackson. The Wheeler Centre, administering the awards for the first … Continue reading The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2010
Guten Tag. I've a piece in today's Crikey newsletter: Miles Franklin Award: Alex Miller Puts in the Boot. It begins: 'Are there too many literary awards in Australia, and is our oldest one “slipping away”? If an Australian literary award was provided increased funding and focus, would the Miles Franklin be the most relevant?' You … Continue reading Miles Franklin Award shortlist, 2010
Madness, and much excitement. In October I am off to the National Young Writers Festival and the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, back to back - seven panels. And the past month has been one of changes and revelations - but more on those in time. Now, I would like to tell you what I … Continue reading Hello busy lady, what have you been up to? Festivals!