Kibble and Dobbie awards 2014 shortlists announced
The shortlists for the Kibble and Dobbie Literary Awards have been announced.
The titles shortlisted for the $30,000 Kibble Literary Award, which recognises the work of an established Australian female writer, are:
- Letter to George Clooney (Debra Adelaide, Picador)
- Mullumbimby (Melissa Lucashemko, UQP)
- Boy, Lost: A Family Memoir (Kristina Olsson, UQP).
The titles shortlisted for the $5000 Dobbie Literary Award, which recognises the work of a first-time published Australian female writer, are:
- The Night Guest (Fiona McFarlane, Hamish Hamilton)
- Madness: A Memoir (Kate Richards, Penguin)
- High Sobriety: My Year without Booze (Jill Stark, Scribe).
Judge Elizabeth Webby said ‘reading and assessing work of this calibre is a privilege’. ‘The six shortlisted books, while very different in theme and topic, all deal with significant contemporary issues and evoke a powerful and authentic reaction from the reader,’ said Webby. ‘These six books are beautifully written and each tells a compelling story with honesty and integrity.’
The longlists for the awards were announced in April.
The winners of the awards will be announced on 23 July.
The Kibble and Dobbie Literary Awards aim to encourage Australian women writers of both fiction and nonfiction. In 2013, the Kibble Literary Award was presented to Annah Faulkner for The Beloved (Picador) and the Dobbie Literary Award was presented to Lily Chan for Toyo: A Memoir (Black Inc.).
For more information about the awards, click here.
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