We lost a beloved and brilliant author when Gillian Mears died last week. We’re devastated by her loss, as are writers and readers across Australia. Her publisher, Jane Palfreyman, shares these thoughts on her dear friend:The Mint Lawn earned this praise from The Age, with no more fitting time to share it:
“Gillian Mears writes like an angel.… Read the rest
Congratulations to Katherine Brabon, winner of the 2016 Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award with her debut novel The Memory Artist!
Katherine goes home with a copy of her newly published novel, along with a cheque for $20,000 thanks to the generosity of Vogel’s and the Stevns family who in 1980 founded the award, Australia’s richest and most prestigious award for an unpublished manuscript.… Read the rest
We’re overjoyed that Charlotte Wood has won The Stella Prize with her remarkable novel The Natural Way of Things. Our staff have been HUGE supporters of this book since it first landed on our desks, reviewers and readers swiftly followed suit, and the discussions haven’t stopped and look unlikely to do so anytime soon.… Read the rest
In a super busy week for awards announcements, we’ve had shortlists for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, the REAL awards, the International Dublin Literary Awards, the Man Booker International Prize and the Australian Book Design Awards, as well as the longlist for the Kibble awards while the Miles Franklin Award longlists were also announced last week – here’s our roundup of significant nominees!… Read the rest
Margo Lanagan shares great insights into what makes (or breaks) an award winning manuscript, from her unique personal experience as both an unsuccessful Vogel’s Literary Award entrant and then, later, as an award winning author and Vogel’s Award judge.… Read the rest
Alexandra Joel, one of many successful alumini of Patti Miller’s Writing True Stories courses, has just published her memoir Rosetta, and writes about how a Faber Writing Academy course helped shape her writing from a journalism background and break down the writing rules she’d known.… Read the rest