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Congratulations to Fiona McFarlane, author of The Night Guest which was named winner of the inaugural Voss Literary Prize for the best novel published in Australia in 2013 and voted by the Australian University Heads of English.
For more information please visit the Voss Literary Prize website.
The 2014 Queensland Literary Awards shortlist has just been announced and we're very pleased to advise that Tigerfish by David Metzenthen has been shortlisted for the Griffith University Young Adult Book Award.
For more information about this award please visit the Queensland Literary Awards website.
Congratulations to the following Penguin Random House authors who have been successful in the 2014 Kids Own Australian Literature Awards for the following categories:
Fiction for Younger Readers
The KOALA Legend Award for 2014 went to author Libby Gleeson.
For more information on these awards visit the KOALA Awards website.
The Barbara Jefferis Award is offered for “the best novel written by an Australian author that depicts women and girls in a positive way or otherwise empowers the status of women and girls in society”.
For more information please visit the Australian Society of Authors website.
Lily Brett has become the first Australian and only the fourth woman to win the Prix Medicis Etranger for her most recent novel, Lola Bensky. The prize is given to an author of a work that has been translated into French from another language and previous winners include Milan Kundera, Philip Roth, Dave Eggers and Orhan Pamuk. Congratulations, Lily.
Congratulations to Kurt Fearnley who has won his fifth New York marathon in dramatic fashion overnight.
Fearnley crossed the finish line in a time of 1 hour 30 minutes 55 seconds, less than a second ahead of runner-up Ernst van Dyk of South Africa.
A pack of six athletes approached the final kilometre of the race together before Fearnley broke clear in the last hundred metres, holding on to win by less than a metre.
The win was Fearnley’s fifth in New York but first since 2009.
“That was one of the toughest races of my life,” Fearnley said.
“This race is the highlight of the schedule every year and the feeling of winning here again is just indescribable.”
The wheelchair race was in danger of starting at all this year, with strong winds causing a safety risk for competitors. It was decided the wheelchair athletes would compete over a course shortened by three miles (approximately 4.8km).
“The wind blows you around so much and cross winds can be particularly dangerous. The first 25 kilometres or so were straight into it today which made the going tough,” Fearnley said.
“The weather is one of those things that’s completely out of your control so you just deal with what gets thrown at you on the day.”
“Today the marathon gods made us work extra hard which makes the win that little bit sweeter.”
Fearnley’s win in New York caps off a successful 2014, sitting alongside a victory in the Sydney Marathon, a runner-up finish in the Chicago Marathon and a Commonwealth Games Silver Medal. His greatest achievement this year, however, was becoming a father for the first time with son Harry born in March.
Kurt’s autobiography, Pushing the Limits: Life, Marathons and Kokoda, was published last week.
The following books have been shortlisted for the inaugural Voss Literary Prize, convened by the Australian University Heads of English.
For more information on these awards please vuisit the Voss Literary Prize website.
Only the Animals by Ceridwen Dovey is the winner of the inaugural Readings New Australian Writing Award 2014.
The Readings New Australian Writing Award supports published Australian authors working in fiction, and recognises exciting and exceptional new contributions to local literature (to be eligible, books must be an author’s first or second published work only).
The judges said:
‘Only the Animals is surely one of the boldest Australian short-story collections in recent years. Here is a rare beast – a work of fiction that is not only richly imaginative, but also intelligent, ambitious and universal in theme Ceridwen Dovey has created a book that wears its literary antecedents – Kafka, Colette, Woolf, Coetzee – lightly, but with each story she proves that Only the Animals belongs in this sort of company.
The ten stories in this collection are each narrated by the soul of a different animal that has died during human conflict – from a Russian tortoise who drifts in space during the Cold War to a dolphin sent to Iraq by the US Navy. However, Only the Animals is more than just a contemplation of animal–human relationships. These inventive stories are playfully self-aware and deeply philosophical. They are by turn deeply moving, as in the story of two elephant sisters caught up in the 1987 Mozambique civil war, and slyly funny, as in the story of a mussel in the midst of an existential crisis at Pearl Harbor. Dovey’s narrators subvert our expectations and provoke us to consider questions of compassion and warfare, of gender and history, of loyalty and family bonds. These animals voice the uncomfortable, providing new ways of looking at our world.
Only the Animals is a luminous example of literature’s power to foster and develop empathy, and reveals how fiction, as opined by Camus, can truly be the lie through which we tell the truth.’
For more information visit: http://www.readings.com.au/
For more information regarding these awards please visit the Inky website.