Congratulations to Craig Sherborne for winning the Best Writing Award, and to Alex Miller for winning the Melbourne Prize for Literature.
The nominees for Best Writing were:
Tony Birch, Blood – see my review
Anna Goldsworthy, Piano Lessons – see my review
Sonya Hartnett, The Children of the King
Paul Kelly, How to make gravy
Wayne Macauley, The Cook – see my review
David McCooey, Outside
Favel Parrett, Past the Shallows – see my review
Carrie Tiffany, Mateship with Birds – see my review and a Sensational Snippet
Ouyang Yu, The English Class – see my review
and the nominess for the Melbourne Prize for Literature were:
Alison Lester, a children’s book author, a favourite with the children at school.
Robert Manne, see my review of Bad News but he’s written heaps of other interesting books!
Joanna Murray-Smith – one of Melbourne’s best loved playwrights.
Peter Temple – a popular crime writer.
I didn’t make it to the ceremony because I’ve torn a ligament in my ankle and am confined to barracks for a while so I am indebted to @Melbourne Prize for the news and the photo!
Congratulations to all the winners, the nominees and their publishers, and thanks to the judges who had a very difficult job. Special thanks also go to the Melbourne Prize Trust, an initiative of the Committee for Melbourne, for their generosity.