Big Week of Literary Gongs

The NSW Premier’s Prize was awarded on Monday night with JM Coetzee winning the Christina Stead Prize for his novel Summertime. Judges called it “an act of self-dissection enlightened by cool humour” and were convinced by its “contemplation on the nature of fiction, and on the reliability of evidential history.”

Former Debut Mondays guest, Andrew Croome scored the UTS Glenda Adams for Document Z which judges praised as “a compelling first novel, admirably sustained, and brooding in its tone and setting”.

Also lauded were Cate Kennedy for The World Beneath and poet Jordie Albiston for The Sonnet According to ’M'.

The Victorian Premier’s Prize for Literature opened last week.