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2019 Calibre Essay Prize Judges

Competitions and programs 26 August 2014
J.M. Coetzee was born in South Africa and educated in South Africa and the United States. He has published nineteen works of fiction, as well as criticism and translations. Among awards he has won are the Booker Prize (twice) and, in 2003, the Nobel Prize for Literature. He is currently Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide.        Lisa Gorton, who live ... (read more)

2018 Jolley Prize winner: Madelaine Lucas

Competitions and programs 01 September 2014
Announcing the 2018 Jolley Prize winner ABR is delighted to announce Madelaine Lucas as the overall winner of the 2018 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize for her story ‘Ruins’. Madelaine Lucas receives $7,000. Sharmini Aphrodite was placed second for her story 'Between the Mountain and the Sea' and Claire Aman placed third for her story 'Vasco'.  We would like to congratulate all thr ... (read more)

2019 Peter Porter Poetry Prize

Competitions and programs 29 July 2014
Andy Kissane and Belle Ling, joint winners of the 2019 Peter Porter Poetry Prize.Andy Kissane and Belle Ling are the joint winners of the 2019 Peter Porter Poetry Prize, worth a total of $8,500. This is Australia’s premier prize for an original poem. Andy Kissane's winning poem is titled 'Searching the Dead', and Belle Ling's winning poem is titled '63 Temple Street, Mong Kok'. The winners ... (read more)

Open Page with Rose Tremain

August 2018, no. 403 27 July 2018
Why do you write? To find out what I truly think and believe. Every novel is a new journey of discovery. It’s just a shame it has to end one day … Are you a vivid dreamer? Yes. But nearly all my dreams turn around the same anxiety: being lost. Sometimes I’m in an alien city or sometimes in a wilderness, or sometimes in a banal environment like a hotel corridor or a car park, but in every ... (read more)

Carmen Callil is Publisher of the Month

August 2018, no. 403 29 August 2018
What was your pathway to publishing? I put an advertisement in the London Times newspaper in 1964 or thereabouts, which stated ‘Australian BA, typing, wants job in publishing’. I got three offers and accepted one, which was being a menial for a sponsored book editor at Hutchinson’s. But my real pathway was my mother and father, both great readers; I grew up surrounded by books. Do you edit ... (read more)

News from the Editor's Desk - August 2018

August 2018, no. 403 25 July 2018
Supporting the ABC ABR, like many writers and media organisations around the country, worries about the future of independent journalism, especially in this trumpacious age, often so hostile to reason and open commentary. We share many Australians’ concerns about the health and viability of the ABC. The threats are myriad and sustained. Funding cuts (by all regimes), political interference, a ... (read more)

States of Poetry Series Two - Victoria | About Brendan Ryan

States of Poetry Victoria - Series Two 06 June 2018
Brendan Ryan grew up on a dairy farm at Panmure in Victoria. His poetry, reviews, and essays have been published in literary journals and newspapers. He has had poems published in The Best Australian Poems series (Black Inc). His second collection of poetry, A Paddock in his Head, was shortlisted for the 2008 ACT Poetry Prize. His most recent collection of poetry, Travelling Through the Family (Hu ... (read more)

States of Poetry Series Two - Victoria | About Gig Ryan

States of Poetry Victoria - Series Two 06 June 2018
Gig Ryan’s last book was New and Selected Poems (Giramondo, 2011), published in the United Kingdom as Selected Poems (Bloodaxe, 2012). Manners of an Astronaut (Hale & Iremonger, 1984) was re-issued by Shearsman Books, UK, in 2018. She was Poetry Editor of The Age from 1998 to 2016. Her work first appeared in ABR in 2001 when it began publishing new poetry. She lives in Me ... (read more)

States of Poetry Series Two - Victoria | About Bella Li

States of Poetry Victoria - Series Two 06 June 2018
Bella Li is the author of Argosy (Vagabond Press, 2017), which was commended in the 2017 Wesley Michel Wright Prize, highly commended in the 2017 Anne Elder Award, and won the 2018 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Poetry and the 2018 Kenneth Slessor Prize. Her work has been published in a range of journals and anthologies, including Best Australian Poems and The Kenyon Review, and displayed ... (read more)

States of Poetry Series Two - Victoria | About Lisa Gorton

States of Poetry Victoria - Series Two 05 June 2018
Lisa Gorton, who lives in Melbourne, is a poet, novelist, and critic, and a former Poetry Editor of ABR. She studied at the Universities of Melbourne and Oxford. A Rhodes Scholar, she completed a Masters in Renaissance Literature and a Doctorate on John Donne at Oxford University, and was awarded the John Donne Society Award for Distinguished Publication in Donne Studies. Her first poetry collecti ... (read more)