2017 Calibre Essay Prize Ceremony
Thursday, 1 June (4.30 pm for 5 pm) at the Panizzi Room, University of Wollongong
Michael Adams is the winner of the 2017 Calibre Essay Prize. His essay, titled 'Salt Blood', is a remarkable and highly original meditation on freediving and mortality. The three judges – award-winning author and historian Sheila Fitzpatrick, ABR Editor Peter Rose, and Picador Publisher Geordie Williamson – chose Dr Adams’s essay from a field of 180 essays from fourteen different countries.
This year ABR has added a second prize, worth $2,500. The winner is Darius Sepehri, a researcher and PhD student at the University of Sydney. His essay – entitled ‘To Speak of Sorrow’ – is about the many kinds of grief and their different expressions in writing and culture, as lament, testimony, or ritual.
Join us at the University of Wollongong at 5 pm on Thursday, 1 June. Peter Rose will introduce Michael Adams, who will talk about and read from 'Salt Blood'.
Where: Panizzi Room, University of Wollongong Library
Directions: To access the Panizzi Room, enter through main library entrance and immediately turn right.
When: 4.30 pm for 5 pm, Thursday, 1 June 2017
Shakespeare: Australian Book Review in England
June 14–25, 2017
Following the success of the 2016 tour to the United States, Australian Book Review is delighted to offer a 12-day tour to England for readers, ABR supporters and friends. Visit Stratford-upon-Avon, the Glyndebourne Opera Festival and London on this exclusive tour. Enjoy several great performances – and the English summer – in the company of enquiring and like-minded travellers.
There is a strong but not exclusive focus on Shakespeare and literature, with additional visits to writers' homes, major libraries and concert halls. As in the United States, ABR has used its extensive professional contacts to arrange special functions and access to sites not normally available to the public.
The tour is led by Australian Book Review's long-time Editor Peter Rose and Christopher Menz, a former gallery director who has much experience as a tour leader. Additional input is provided by local guides, librarians and art gallery lecturers. Accommodation is in centrally-located four-star hotels.
ABR has engaged Academy Travel, a leading Australian small-group cultural travel company, to manage the tour.
Enquiries and Bookings
For more information from Academy Travel about the ABR UK tour, including a detailed itinerary, please visit their website.
Endorsements from ABR’s 2016 US tour.‘My recent experience travelling on the east coast of the United States with the inaugural ABR tour group was a truly exceptional one. The knowledge and expertise of the tour leaders meant our itinerary took us to places, and even introduced us to people, not usually accessible to ordinary travellers. In all, it was truly memorable!’
‘ABR’s small group tour to the United States in 2016 focused on literature, history, art and theatre. The program was well-thought-out, varied and balanced. The tour leaders were attuned to particular interests of individual group members and helped them where necessary to further explore those interests in the different venues we visited. One of the excellent features was the number of private viewings and guided tours specially tailored for our group.’