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Small Press Network Book of the Year Award 2022


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Hear readings from works shortlisted for the 2022 Small Press Network Book of the Year Award, followed by the announcement of this year’s winner.


The Small Press Network is dedicated to supporting independent publishers and broadening the diversity of work available in the Australian literary landscape.

To celebrate the return of their Book of the Year Award, join the Small Press Network and the Wheeler Centre for an evening of readings from this year’s shortlisted works by Kavita Bedford, Anwen Crawford, Eleanor Jackson, Patrick Lenton, Bella Li, SJ Norman and Poppy Nwosu, followed by the announcement of the winning book. Hosted by Esther Anatolitis.

Anwen Crawford and Poppy Nwosu will appear virtually at this event.

Please note that SJ Norman will no longer be appearing at this event.

Presented in partnership with the Small Press Network


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Esther Anatolitis

Esther Anatolitis is the Editor of Meanjin and one of Australia’s most influential advocates for arts and culture. She is Hon A/Prof at RMIT School of Art and a member of the National Gallery of Australia Governing Council. Across two decades Esther has led arts and media organisations across all ... Read more

Kavita Bedford

Kavita Bedford is an Australian-Indian writer with a background in journalism, anthropology and literature. Her writing has appeared in Guernica, The Guardian, The Saturday Paper and she was a recent Churchill Fellow exploring migrant narratives. Her first novel, Friends & Dark Shapes, was publi... Read more

Anwen Crawford

Anwen Crawford is the author of No Document (2021), shortlisted for the 2022 Stella Prize, and Live Through This (2015). Her essays and criticism have appeared in publications including The New Yorker, The White Review and Sydney Review of Books, and in 2021 she won the Pascall Prize for Arts Critic... Read more

Eleanor Jackson

Eleanor Jackson is a Filipino Australian poet, performer, arts producer and sometimes community radio broadcaster. She is the author of Gravidity and Parity, winner of Small Press Network’s Book of the Year (2022), and A Leaving, both by Vagabond Press. Her live album, One Night Wonders, is produc... Read more

Patrick Lenton

Patrick Lenton is a writer, journalist, and editor living in Melbourne. He is the author of the short story collection Sexy Tales of Paleontology, as well as the books Uncle Hercules and Other Lies, and A Man Made Entirely of Bats. His writing has been featured in The Best Australian Stories, The Be... Read more

Bella Li

Bella Li is the author of Argosy (Vagabond Press, 2017), Lost Lake (Vagabond Press, 2018) and Theory of Colours (Vagabond Press, 2021). She holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne, and is the associate publisher at Cordite Books and the managing editor at Scribe Publications. ... Read more

SJ Norman

SJ Norman is an artist, writer and curator. Their career has so far spanned 17 years and has embraced a diversity of disciplines, including solo and ensemble performance, installation, sculpture, text, video and sound. Their work has been commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney, Performance Space Ne... Read more

Poppy Nwosu

Poppy Nwosu has published multiple young adult fiction books and been shortlisted for many awards, including the Readings YA Book Prize, SPN Book of the Year Award and the Aurealis Awards. Her latest novel was a CBCA Notable and she was recently awarded the Max Fatchen Fellowship. Poppy also writes ... Read more


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