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Australian Book Review

December 2003 - Advances

December 2003–January 2004, no. 257 01 December 2003
The nexus between ABR and La Trobe University has always been strong, and our summer issue is a good example of this, with a long essay on George Orwell’s  enduring influence by Robert Manne, Professor of Politics at La Trobe University (pictured in the next column with Professor Michael Osborne, Vice-Chancellor (centre), and Peter Rose, Editor of ABR). Two years ago, La Trobe University be ... (read more)

April 2006 - Advances

April 2006, no. 280 01 April 2006
Judith Bishop wins the ABR Poetry Prize The judges of the ABR Poetry Prize certainly earned their pastrami on rye this year! Could the short list have been closer, the final choice more difficult? Doubtful. Morag Fraser, Peter Rose and Craig Sherborne agree that a number of the six short-listed poems (which appeared in the March issue) would have made worthy winners. Such is the tyranny of compet ... (read more)

April 2006 - Letters

April 2006, no. 280 01 April 2006
Painting by numbers in ADB Dear Editor, Beverley Kingston’s riposte (ABR, March 2006) to my review of the ADB Supplement 1580–1980 (ABR, February 2006) accuses me of ‘reflecting the traditional bias of those early volumes in considering the work of the stock and station agent more worthy than that of the cookery teacher’. I do not. I pointed out that the same space allocated to a writer ... (read more)

May 2008 Letters

May 2008, no. 301 01 May 2008
Lifting the flap Dear Editor, I had always believed that the only thing worse than a bad review was not to be reviewed at all, to be ignored. Now I find that there is something even more galling: to be reviewed by someone who is more concerned to air his and other people’s opinions on the subject than to address the book or books concerned. Nicholas Brown has some interesting things to say abo ... (read more)

June 2008 - Letters

June 2008, no. 302 01 June 2008
Reading the tea leaves Dear Editor, Patrick Allington (May 2008) astutely discerned an essential characteristic – I consider it a flaw – of The Best Australian Political Writing 2008, which was edited by Tony Jones of the ABC. He did not quite nail it down, however: I think that the book would have been better described as the ‘best’ political journalism because that, overwhelmingly, is ... (read more)

Advances | August 2004

August 2004, no. 263 01 August 2004
An evening with J.M. Coetzee ABR (in association with La Trobe University and the City of Melbourne) is delighted to be able to invite all our readers, but especially our subscribers, to what promises to be one of our major events for the year, when the masterly novelist and critic J.M. Coetzee will read from his work. This rare opportunity for Victorians to hear the Nobel Laureate and author of ... (read more)

Patron's Corner with Sonja Chalmers

June 2008, no. 302 01 June 2008
When did you start reading ABR? That must have been in the mid-1980s (so long ago!). I was running the marketing department at Oxford University Press in Melbourne. A certain future ABR Editor was right next door, marketing the science and medical books. During my years at OUP, the Editor at ABR I had most to do with was Rosemary Sorensen.   Why does cultural philanthropy matter to you? C ... (read more)

Advances | April 2008

April 2008, no. 300 01 April 2008
Ross Clark Wins The 2008 ABR Poetry Prize The menace of lantana has not prevented Ross Clark from carrying off the fourth ABR Poetry Prize. Mr Clark wins $3000 for his poem entitled 'Danger: Lantana', which was published in the March issue with the four other shortlisted poems. Ross Clark is no stranger to the ABR Poetry Prize. His poem 'Full-Bucket Moon' was shortlisted in last year's competit ... (read more)

Advances | February 2008

February 2008, no. 298 01 February 2008
Two Essayists Share $10,000 Prize This year’s Calibre Prize for an Outstanding Essay has been won by Rachel Robertson and Mark Tredinnick. This is the first time that the Calibre Prize – a joint initiative of ABR and of the Copyright Agency Limited – has been shared (last year’s winner, in the inaugural year, was Elisabeth Holdsworth). One hundred and twenty-seven essayists entered the ... (read more)

Advances | December 2006 - January 2007

December 2006–January 2007, no. 287 01 December 2006
Those who come after Nine months ago, in association with the Copyright Agency Limited (CAL), ABR announced the creation of a major new annual essay prize. In doing so we were conscious of the importance of the genre and of ABR’s long commitment to its preservation and promulgation. We set out to attract entries from the widest range of Australian writers (not just celebrated essayists). In ord ... (read more)
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