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Kim Scott First Indigenous Commonwealth Winner
Congratulations to Kim Scott, who has been named the winner of the southeast Asia and Pacific regional Commonwealth Writers' Prize. Nominated for his novel, That Deadman Dance, Scott thus becomes eligible to win the overall prize.
Scott is an indigenous Western Australian writer - a descendant of the Noongar people - and he previously won the Miles Franklin Award in 2000 for his…
‘The Age’ Announces Nominees for its Book of the Year
The Age has announced the shortlists for its Book of the Year prizes. The prizes will be awarded to books in three categories with $10,000 each (fiction, non-fiction and poetry) with an overall prize to be chosen from among the three, worth an additional $10,000.
The shortlists are:Fiction
Like Being a Wife, Catherine Harris (Vintage)
The Mary Smokes Boys, Patrick Holland…
If you start seeing clusters of laptops in cafes or your writer friends get particularly surly this month, it’s because November is National Novel Writing Month (commonly contracted to NaNoWriMo).
The idea is the brainchild of San Franciscan Chris Baty who wanted to dedicate more time to his writing but couldn’t seem to find the time. In 1999 Baty devised a schedule with a…
Martin Amis on Don Quixote: “Reading Don Quixote can be compared to an indefinite visit from your most impossible senior relative, with all his pranks, dirty habits, unstoppable reminiscences, and terrible cronies. When the experience is over, and the old boy checks out at last (on page 846 — the prose wedged tight, with no breaks for dialogue), you will shed tears all…
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