November, 2010

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Aussies up for largest worldwide literary prize: IMPAC Dublin longlist

, Nov 16, 2010

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 […]
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Attending the 2009 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards

, Sep 06, 2009

You already know the winners, but what was it like to be there? This was my first literary awards ceremony, and it was rowdier than I thought. My table was in front of some theatre folk, but they weren’t the only ones in the room whooping and shouting when the names were called out. The night began seriously […]
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Thoughts on 2009 Miles Franklin Literary Award winner Breath, by Tim Winton

, Jun 22, 2009

Breath, Tim Winton, Penguin, 9780143009580 (Aus, US) Breath is my first Tim Winton. Yes, I know. He’s just not someone I had gotten to yet. And yes, I will read Cloudstreet, eventually. Last week, Breath was awarded our nation’s most prestigious literary prize – the Miles Franklin Literary Award, which is for books that in […]
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Christos Tsiolkas + Nam Le: award winners

, May 22, 2009

In honour of the recent awards won by two authors I admire very much, I thought we could revisit my interviews with them. First of all, which awards were these? Christos Tsiolkas won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book, awarded at the Auckland Writers’ and Readers’ Festival last week, for The Slap. See the full details here. […]
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Man Booker Prize Winner Aravind Adiga Survived the HSC

, Oct 15, 2008

See, William? Those difficult, long-winded questions in the HSC English exam might actually nourish talent or passion in a writer, and s/he could go on to won one of literature’s most prestigious prizes! For those of you who have been hiding under a rock or doona today (it’s always a good idea every now and […]

Two Short Stories I Like

, Oct 15, 2008

I came across this wonderful story by Charlotte Wood on her website, after reading The Children, called ‘Honeymoon’ And winner of the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Novice Writers Award – Joseph Ryan’s ‘Stranger Than Beautiful’