Congratulations to all winners of the PM’s Literary Awards. A special shout-out to Helen Trinca, whose moving portrait of growing up in Perth can be read soon in Griffith Review 47: Looking West (Feb 2015). A round of applause too for Richard Flanagan who donated $40,000 prize money to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and Bob Graham for donating $10,000 to the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre.
And congratulations also to the winners of the 2014 Queensland Literary Awards. Look out for winner of the Non-Fiction Book Award, Paul Ham, in Griffith Review 48: Enduring Legacies.
Griffith REVIEW contributor, Margo Lanagan, has won the Barbara Jefferis award.
Margo Lanagan’s Sea Hearts (Allen & Unwin) and Fiona McFarlane’s The Night Guest (Penguin Books) were named joint winners of the Barbara Jefferis Award 2014. The Barbara Jefferis Award is offered biennially for ‘the best novel written by an Australian author that depicts women and girls in a positive way or otherwise empowers the status of women and girls in society’. This is the first time that the Barbara Jefferis Award has been split between two titles. The winners will each receive $25,000, with $1000 being awarded to each of the shortlisted authors.
Margo Lanagan’s Sea Hearts, set in a remote fictional village, reminiscent of a Scottish island, leapt out at all three judges as a superb, enduring story of lives changed in a small fishing community. Full of sensuous detail of the sea, the rocks, the wind, the weather, it... Read more
The Best Australian Science Writing 2014 edited by Griffith REVIEW contributor, Ashley Hay, features two essays from Now We Are Ten: ‘Weather and mind games’ by Tom Griffiths and ‘Promise or peril’ by Leah Kaminsky which was also featured on ABC TV’s Australian Story. Read them online to find out why they are they are considered the best!
If you’re in Brisbane, get along to the launch of the annual collection celebrating the finest Australian science writing of the year with editor, Ashley Hay, and contributors Ian Lowe, Peter McAllister and John Cook in conversation with the president of the Australian Science Communicators, Joan Leach. Why are Sydney’s golden orb weaver spiders getting fatter and fitter? Could sociology explain the recent upsurge in prostate cancer diagnoses? Why were Darwinites craving a good storm during ‘The Angry Summer’? Is it true that tuberculosis has become deadlier... Read more
The great Australian writer Morris Lurie has died in Melbourne at the age of 75.
Mr Lurie was a favorite of the REVIEW not least because of the way he reached across the generations. Younger members of our team grew up reading his children’s books in the 1980s, the most fondly remembered of which was The Twenty-Seventh Annual African Hippopotamus Race (Penguin, 1986), a book they are now sharing with their children.
Mr Lurie was part of a generation of creative Australians who emerged after World War II and made a mark we are still indebted to. He started his career in advertising and was closely associated with other literary greats including Peter Carey and Barry Oakley.
He wrote more than thirty works of fiction, his second novel Flying Home (Outback Press, 1978) was named one of the ten best Australian books of the decade by the National Book Council. In 2006 he received... Read more
There is a need for both a new approach to indigenous leadership and a new relationship with the First Peoples of Australia, based on respect and high expectations, argues Aboriginal leader, Dr Chris Sarra. He believes we must find a better way to recognise and value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Leadership is required that asks intelligent questions, demands meaningful answers and builds effective outcomes, especially if the proposed constitutional amendment is to make a meaningful impact on the lives of all Australians.
Listen to Chris Sarra’s Griffith REVIEW Annual Lecture on ABC Radio National Big Ideas here.
Congratulations to Melissa Lucashenko on winning the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing for the outstanding book Mullumbimby (UQP).
Read Melissa’s wonderful Walkley-Award winning essay from Griffith REVIEW 41: Now We Are Ten, Sinking below sight: Down and out in Brisbane and Logan then rush out and buy Mullumbimby!
Is there a literary award this year that Ashley Hay hasn’t been shortlisted for? This week it’s the Colin Roderick Award. Congratulations, Ash. Well deserved.
Download Ashley Hay’s lead essay from Griffith REVIEW 45: The Way We Work as an e-single and see why she’s being recognised as one of Australia’s best writers.
We are saddened that New Zealand’s leading literary agent, Michael Gifkins, died on 28 July after suffering from prostate cancer for some years.
As an agent he represented a number of leading writers, including Lloyd Jones, and played a major role in the international success of both the novel and film of Lloyd Jones’ Booker-shortlisted Mister Pip.
Michael was also a literary critic, a publishing consultant, an anthologist and a highly esteemed book editor, whose sympathetic hand and brilliant sense of language influenced many leading New Zealand authors and books.
He was also a fine published writer in his own right and his stories were widely published. He was the author of three published short story collections: After the Revolution, Summer is the Côte d’Azur and The Amphibians. He was the Writer in Residence at the University of Auckland in 1983 and was the Katherine Mansfield Memorial Fellow in Menton, France, in... Read more