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
Congratulations to Griffith REVIEW contributor, Kris Olsson, who has won the Kibble Literary Award for women’s writing for her extraordinary family memoir, Boy, Lost. If you haven’t read it already, you really must.
After eleven years managing the production of all forty-five editions of Griffith REVIEW – including several iterations of the website, countless posters, bookmarks, flyers – Production Manager Paul Thwaites has decided it is time to go fishing.
Paul has been an essential member of the Griffith REVIEW team since the start and will be greatly missed. He brought his long-standing expertise at print production to the venture, working professionally, diligently and with good cheer, with printers, typesetters, web developers and distributors. Over this time the publishing industry has changed dramatically as the internet has disrupted old ways of doing things and created new products and opportunities. Paul has been excited by the challenges and, like many of us, looks back with some amazement at the way things have changed. He is now looking forward to watching the future unfold, but without the day to day pressure.
It is no mean feat to... Read more
Congratulations to Griffith REVIEW contributors who have been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List:
Tom Griffiths AO for distinguished service to tertiary education, particularly social, cultural and environmental history, and through popular and academic contributions to Australian literature.
Tony Wheeler AO for distinguished service to business and commerce as a p ublisher of travel guides, and as a benefactor to a range of Australian arts and aid organisations.
Michael Gawenda AM for significant service to the print media industry as a journalist and editor, and to the advancement of professional education and development.
Griffith REVIEW 43: Pacific Highways contributor, Alison Wong, has been selected to take part in a writers’ exchange with China to work on a memoir inspired by her Pacific Highways essay.
She will be the first New Zealand writer to join the prestigious Shanghai International Writers’ Program. About eight writers from all over the world are selected each year.