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Premier’s Literary Prizes longlist revealed

Will Hodgman, Premier Vanessa Goodwin, Minister for the Arts
James Boyce at the launch …

The longlists for the 2015 Premier’s Literary Prizes for published works have been announced.

“The list of high calibre authors shows that literary talent is flourishing in Tasmania, and that Tasmania is a source of inspiration for writers around Australia,” Premier Will Hodgman said.

“The quality of the nominated works reinforces Tasmania’s reputation as a cultural and artistic hub.”

Minister for the Arts Vanessa Goodwin said the Premier’s Literary Prizes are unique in Australia in that such a diverse range of books can be in contention.

“The longlisted titles include a picture book, historical fiction and non-fiction, memoir, poetry, young-adult fiction and literary fiction,” Dr Goodwin said.

The longlists were determined by Judges Hamish Maxwell-Stewart (chair), Matthew Lamb and Lian Tanner, who were struck with the diversity and strength of the submissions for both the Tasmania Book Prize and the Margaret Scott Prize.

Premier’s Literary Prizes longlists:

Tasmania Book Prize – best book with Tasmanian content in any genre. This $25,000 award recognises the influence Tasmania has had on content or perspective and is sponsored by the Tasmanian Government.

• The Ambitions of Jane Franklin: Victorian Lady Adventurer by Alison Alexander (Allen & Unwin)

• A-Z of Convicts in Van Diemen’s Land by Simon Barnard (Text Publishing)

• Infamy by Lenny Bartulin (Allen & Unwin)

• The Rise and Fall of Gunns Limited by Quentin Beresford (New South Publishing)

• The Black War: Fear, Sex and Resistance in Tasmania by Nicholas Clements (University of Queensland Press)

• The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (Random House, Australia)

• Into That Forest by Louis Nowra (Allen & Unwin)

• Forgotten War by Henry Reynolds (New South Publishing)

• A Bone of Fact by David Walsh (Picador Australia)

• To Name Those Lost by Rohan Wilson (Allen & Unwin)

Margaret Scott Prize – best book by a Tasmanian writer. This $5,000 award is sponsored by the University of Tasmania.

• Infamy by Lenny Bartulin (Allen & Unwin)

• Born Bad: Original Sin and the Making of the Western World, By James Boyce (Black Inc.)

• Tempo by Sarah Day (Puncher & Wattman)

• What Days Are For by Robert Dessaix (Random House Australia)

• The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (Random House Australia)

• Song for a Scarlet Runner by Julie Hunt (Allen & Unwin)

• A Short History of Richard Kline by Amanda Lohrey (Black Inc.)

• A Bone of Fact by David Walsh (Picador Australia)

• To Name Those Lost by Rohan Wilson (Allen & Unwin)

• Mothers Grimm by Danielle Wood (Allen & Unwin)

The shortlists in all the Premier’s Literary Prizes categories, including the University of Tasmania Prize for an unpublished literary work and the Tasmanian Young Writer’s Fellowship, will be announced at the opening of the Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival in Hobart on Friday, 11 September 2015.

For more information on the Premier’s Literary Prizes visit www.arts.tas.gov.au/plp

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  1. viktoria Dineley

    September 21, 2015 at 5:51 am

    At the Edinburgh book festival this year, I was lucky enough to get tickets to hear one of the most important philosophers of our time talk, A.C.Grayling.
    I went to listen to him for many reasons, but the main one being his comment about Richard Flanagan’s book ,The Narrow Road To The Deep North. ‘Some years very good books win the Man Booker prize but this year a masterpiece has won it’.
    At the signing afterwards I talked to him about this book and that in Richard Flanagan’s own words, A great book compels you to reread your own soul. And this book does that.
    So from a lowly reader from the other side of the world, I hope he wins.

  2. peter adams

    August 5, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    Whether James Boyce wins or not with his book ‘Born Bad’, I would hope that many thousands of people the world over read it. To me, it is as important a book as Flanagan’s “The Narrow Road to the Deep North’.

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