Posted by: Lisa Hill | July 25, 2018

2018 Kibble and Dobbie Awards winners

Just a quick post to let you know the winners of the 2018 Kibble and Dobbie Awards, two books I haven’t read, I’m afraid.

The Kibble Award was won by Fiona McFarlane’s The High Places and Sarah Krasnostein won the Dobbie for The Trauma Cleaner.

Nita B Kibble (Wikipedia Commons)

These awards were established through the generosity of Nita May Dobbie.

[Through her Will] Nita May Dobbie [1904-1992] established the Nita B Kibble Literary Awards for Women Writers in recognition of her aunt, Nita Bernice Kibble (1879-1962). Miss Kibble raised her from birth after her mother died and was also the first woman to be appointed a librarian with the State Library of New South Wales.

These Kibble Award is worth $30,000 to the winner, and the Dobbie for a debut author is worth $5000.

The 2018 longlisted authors were:

Kibble Literary Award for an established author ($30,000 prize) 

Dobbie Literary Award for a first-time published author ($5,000 prize)

  • Melanie Cheng: Australia Day (Text Publishing)
  • Eva De Jong-Duldig Driftwood: Escape and Survival Through Art (Australian Scholarly Publishing)
  • Madelaine Dickie: Troppo (Fremantle Press), see Sue’s review at Whispering Gums
  • Jennifer Down: Our Magic Hour (Text Publishing)
  • Jessica Friedmann: Things That Helped (Scribe Publications)
  • Roanna Gonsalves: The Permanent Resident (UWA Publishing)
  • Sarah Krasnostein: The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay & Disaster
    (Text Publishing)
  • Micheline Lee: The Healing Party: A Novel (Black Inc Books), see my review


  1. Both excellent books and deserving winners. Definitely worth adding to your To Read pile!

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  2. Oh, I really must read High places. I liked her The night guest and need to read her short stories. As you know, I was surprised how much I loved The trauma cleaner! It’s an excellent read.


    • I’ve read far too few of these… I can’t keep up!


      • YOU can’t keep! What chance is that’s for the rest of us?


        • I’m no expert, but maybe there are too many books being published…


          • I suspect authors don’t think so, but I have started to wonder about publishers and readers…


  3. I was also surprised by how much I liked The Trauma Cleaner – the audio version is good, Lisa, if you wanted to try that.


    • I used to listen to audio books a lot when I was driving to work and back every day, but now they just don’t seem to work for me. Often the car sits unused for 3 or 4 days because I walk to most places, so I forget about the book unless I bring it inside, and then when I’m inside I like listening to music or RN or just silence. I’m very fond of silence. (I don’t understand those audible ads that recommend audio books while you’re doing the laundry. Who has that much laundry that you can listen to a 10-12 hour book over 2-3 weeks??)


      • Ha! I’m still in the car a lot – we live in a rural area and I have one teenage son and parents that lie an hour away. I also like listening to audio books when I garden.


        • So they are ideal for that. My commute was 40-50 minutes each way, so I could get through a book in about three weeks, which was much better than listening to quarrelsome people on radio…


  4. Hi Lisa, I have read both The Trauma Cleaner and The High Places. Both are great reads, and though I haven’t read all the books on the lists I am glad that these two authors have been recognized. Sarah Krasnostein was at my library last year, and gave an excellent and detailed account of how she wrote The Trauma Cleaner.


    • Hi Meg, which is your library? I belong to four and try to keep track of their author events, because it is so much nicer at a local venue than traipsing into town:)


  5. Hi Lisa, my library is the Sam Merrifield Library in Moonee Ponds. It is a great library, and this year they are celebrating 50 years of service to the people in Moonee Valley.


  6. Hi Lisa, I just looked at the Moonee Valley library site and on August 25th. Han Yujoo – “The Impossible Fairytale”, (Yujoo is at the forefront of new South Korean literature and will be discussing her new novel and the fine line between dreams and reality). A free event will be held at the Flemington Library.


    • That would be great to go to… unfortunately I’m already signed up to go to an Indonesian event that day. It’s strange, I can go weeks with nothing much to do except loaf about and read books, and then all of a sudden my calendar is full.
      Are you going to anything for the MWF? There’s not much that interests me, but I’m going to Frontier Wars on Aug 26, The Muse in the Museum on Sep 1 and Claire Coleman and Tony Birch on Sep 2.


  7. Hi Lisa, I know what you mean, you either have nothing on and then you have a full week. My weekends are usually free, but Monday to Friday are very busy for me. I will go Han Yujoo event at the Flemington library. Your events will be great.

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  8. I think I need to give The Trauma Cleaner another go; I abandoned it cos I felt the writing was too self conscious and it seemed to be copying Helen Garner’s style without Helen Garner’s graceful use of language. Hmmm…


    • Interesting you say that, I heard her talk about the book and admired her sincerity, but I haven’t had any inclination to read the book. Maybe when it turns up on a library shelf I may feel differently…

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