The literary awards season is well and truly here downunder … and last night, just before the opening of this year’s Sydney Writers Festival, the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards for 2010 were announced.
The full list of winners can be found here, so I’ll just name the critical ones, from my point of view (with links to relevant posts of mine):
- Christina Stead Prize for Fiction: J.M. Coetzee, Summertime
- Script writing award: Jane Campion, Bright Star & Aviva Ziegler, Fairweather Man
- UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing for Fiction: Andrew Croome, Document Z
- The People’s Choice Award: Cate Kennedy, The World Beneath
- Special Award: The Macquarie Pen Anthology of Australian Literature
Not a bad result from my point of view. I have been meaning for some time to dip into the Macquarie Pen Anthology of Australian Literature properly. I wonder at myself sometimes really. What have I been doing posting on various offerings of the Library of America, when I could (should) in fact be choosing some choice items from this volume to share with you. I really must (want to) rectify this. (That said, another Library of America offering will be winging its way to you soon!)
Anyhow, I’m not going to ramble on about the Awards, but I would like to make one comment, and that is that the People of NSW seem to like what our judges tend to dismiss! Last year, they voted for Steve Toltz’s wonderful A fraction of the whole and this year they’ve gone for Cate Kennedy’s The world beneath. Both these books were longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award in their years, and were well reviewed around the traps, but both were not shortlisted. An interesting state of affairs, n’est-ce pas?