Awards & prizes
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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…
Smeeth Wins on the Toss of a Coin
Indigenous artist Richard Bell has revealed that he decided the winner of this year’s prestigious Sulman Prize on the toss of a coin. Bell awarded the prize to Peter Smeeth for his painting, The artist’s fate. Smeeth was reportedly less than impressed by the revelation, admitting, “It’s a bit deflating”. The Sir John Sulman Prize is awarded annually to ‘the best subject/genre painting…
Peruvian Prize Winner From Out of Nowhere
Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa has won the Nobel Prize for Literature for what judges have called “his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual’s resistance, revolt, and defeat”.
Vargas Llosa wasn’t among the favourites for the prize, but the bookies usually get the winner wrong. The L Magazine could be crowing “I told you so“ as they noted…
Community History Awards
The Public Record Office of Victoria is administering this year’s Community History Awards, which previously were hosted by Information Victoria. Presented by the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, the awards “recognise the contributions made by Victorians to the preservation of Victoria’s heritage”.
Although books dominate the award winners' lists, winners also include CDs, museum exhibitions and, among last year’s winners, a local history tour…
‘Indelible Ink’ Leaves an Indelible Mark
Congratulations to Fiona McGregor, whose third novel Indelible Ink was announced winner of The Age Book of the Year Award last night at the opening of the Melbourne Writers Festival. Indelible Ink also won the fiction category, while Jim Davidson’s biography of historian Keith Hancock took out the gong in the non-fiction category and John Tranter won the poetry award for Starlight: 150 Poems…
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