Awards & prizes
MPavilion Book Club
Ahead of the 2020 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, join us at MPavilion for a special book club celebrating this year’s Fiction shortlist.
You’ll hear from a line-up of speakers, including Cher Tan, Jaclyn Crupi and Bridget Caldwell, who’ll each reflect on one of the five shortlisted titles: Act of Grace by Anna Krien, Damascus by Christos Tsiolkas, Simpson Returns by…
12 Flight from Manus
Aziz, in a hotel room facing onto Genève-Cornavin railway station — Photo: Michael Green
'I just feel like I left my soul back there, you know. Personally I'm here, but my heart is still in Manus.'– Abdul Aziz Muhamat
Aziz is shortlisted for a major international prize, the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders. The ceremony is in Geneva, Switzerland. Improbably, the prize’s organisers secretly arrange permission for him to leave Manus Island to attend the event.
In this episode, Aziz finally – temporarily – escapes Papua New Guinea, five and a half years after the Australian government took him there against his will. But he has no proper passport or visa, and no idea what to expect.
After years of exile and captivity, how will it feel to visit Switzerland – one of the richest countries in the world? And can Aziz make any difference for those who remain stuck on Manus Island and Nauru?Transcript
A transcript of this episode is available here (PDF format).
The Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders
In this episode
Abdul Aziz MuhamatMichael Green Michael Khambatta Hans Thoolen
Our theme music was composed by Raya Slavin. Music used in this episode is by Hour House (Mark Leacy and Sam Kenna).
The Messenger is a co-production of Behind the Wire and the Wheeler Centre. This episode was originally commissioned and produced for the ABC Radio National programme, Earshot. It was produced by Michael Green. The supervising producer was Lyn Gallacher. The sound engineer was Melissa May.
Narration by Michael Green. Additional editing and mixing by Jon Tjhia.
André Dao, Jon Tjhia, Hannah Reich, Bec Fary and Sophie Black. Thanks also to Camilla Chapman, Cecilia Cannon and Sean Cole, and to Behind the Wire's many participants and volunteers. Michael Green's travel to Papua New Guinea was supported by a grant from the Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund.
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The Next Big Thing: Most Underrated Book Award Edition 2019
Composite, left to right: Melissa Cranenburgh, Lenka Vanderboom, James Cristina and Ilka Tampke
What's small, nerdy, fiercely independent and sometimes noisy? The Small Press Network's Most Underrated Book Award. It's an anticipated annual tradition – always our last Next Big Thing event of the year – and it's the only peer-reviewed and proven preventative medicine for your chronic case of reader's FOMO.
Now in its seventh year, the Small Press Network’s Most Underrated Book Award celebrates independently published titles that deserve some extra attention. Previously, the award has gone to The Cook by Wayne Macauley, A Wrong Turn in the Office of Unmade Lists by Jane Rawson. Last year's winner was Living in Hope by the late Frank Byrne.
The 2019 shortlisted titles are Brontide by Sue McPherson (Magabala Books), Antidote to a Curse by James Cristina (Transit Lounge) and Songwoman by Ilka Tampke (Text Publishing), and the 2019 judging panel is Melissa Cranenburgh, Jane Rawson and Jackie Tang.
In this episode, we hear readings from the shortlisted works, and toast a great year in independent publishing, before revealing the 2019 MUBA winner. We're joined by each of the shortlisted authors (except Sue McPherson, who is represented by Magabala Books director Lenka Vanderboom). Melissa Cranenburgh hosts.
Presented in partnership with Small Press Network.
The Next Big Thing
Most Underrated Book Award Edition
What's small, nerdy, fiercely independent and sometimes noisy? The Small Press Network's Most Underrated Book Award.
It's an anticipated annual tradition – always our last Next Big Thing event of the year – and it's the only peer-reviewed and proven preventative medicine for your chronic case of reader's FOMO.
Now in its seventh year, the Small Press Network’s Most Underrated…
Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships 2019: Introducing the Fellows (round three)
Meet the third intake of Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellows, and take a peek at the projects they'll be working on.
Andrew Sean Greer: The Less We Know
When his novel Less won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Andrew Sean Greer tweeted, he ‘had just persuaded a dog to let me put her into polka dot pajamas (not my dog)’. He literally didn’t believe the news.
Readers clearly feel otherwise. Less tells the story of Arthur Less – a writer fearing his own mediocrity and middle age…
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Other Awards & Prizes News
The Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards were announced last night - the same night as the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. Among the many category winners were: Amanda Lohrey, who took out the Fiction Book Award for Reading Madame Bovary; Mark McKenna, whose biography of Manning Clark, An Eye for Eternity, took out the Non-Fiction Book Award (he also won the equivalent prize in…
The Guy Who Stayed Out of the Fold
The list of finalists for the 2011 Man Booker International Prize has been announced. The list includes Australian writer David Malouf. The £60,000 ($95,000) prize is awarded every two years to a writer whose work is widely available in English to recognise a lifetime’s achievement. The prize has been awarded three times: to Albanian Ismail Kadaré in 2005, Nigerian Chinua Achebe in 2007, and…
Thousands of Awards
Publishing group The Thousands is running an online program “that recognises and rewards local achievements”. Nominees for the Thousands Awards have been published, and though the nominees for the ‘Read’ category are all worthy of the $1000 prize, readers can vote for their favourite. The nominees are literary journal The Lifted Brow, independent publishers Small House Books and Rainoff Books, spoken word event…
Ladbrokes Likes Our Les
Les Murray's latest, Taller When Prone
Poet Les Murray is favourite Australian in the race for the Nobel Prize according to British bookmakers Ladbrokes.
The bookies put Les Murray at an equal seventh in the running for the prize at 11/1 along with Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami. The current frontrunner is Swedish poet and translator Tomas Transtromer at 5/1. Two other Australian authors made…
Irish Novelist May Not Win the Booker
An Irish author has, by dint of sheer chutzpah, managed a way to be nominated for a literary award before his book has been published. Two weekends ago, Julian Gough posted a plea for help on his website under the title, ‘Help save civilisation by reading a funny book’. Gough asked readers to read and review his forthcoming comic novel Jude in London for…
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