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Category Archives: Miles Franklin award


On winning literary prizes

One of the defining characteristics of life, whether it is the life of a crocus or the life of a capitalist, is competition. The flower that blooms is the winner in a series of contests; the businessperson of the year, likewise. The winner is the one that … Read more »

Who likes short shortlists? (On the sausagefest problem)

The Miles shortlist has been announced, and one thing you can’t call it is predictable. The first thing that comes to mind is how short it is, with just three books selected from a nine-book longlist: Bereft by Chris Womersley (might I boast, a contributor to KYD … Read more »

Women in Print: An International Women’s Day Discussion

  Left to right: Rebecca Starford, Sophie Cunningham, Monica Dux, Louise Swinn On the hundredth anniversary of International Women’s Day, over 100 bookish types packed among the shelves of Readings Carlton in Melbourne to hear a panel of Australian literary women talk about the very timely hot … Read more »