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Kibble and Dobbie Awards 2015 shortlists announced

The shortlists for this year’s Kibble and Dobbie Literary Awards have been announced.

The shortlisted titles for the $30,000 Kibble Literary Award, which recognises the work of an established Australian female writer, are:

  • Warning: The Story of Cyclone Tracy (Sophie Cunningham, Text)
  • This House of Grief (Helen Garner, Text)
  • The Golden Age (Joan London, Vintage)

 

The shortlisted titles for the $5000 Dobbie Literary Award, which recognises the work of a first-time published Australian female writer, are:

  • The Strays (Emily Bitto, Affirm Press)
  • After Darkness (Christine Piper, A&U)
  • Heat and Light (Ellen van Neerven, UQP).

 

The shortlisted titles were selected from a longlist of five in each award. The winners will be announced on 15 July.

Speaking on behalf of the judging panel, Elizabeth Webby said: ‘The books shortlisted for the Kibble Award present new insights into traumatic events and their lasting impact on Australian lives: the polio epidemic of the 1950s, Cyclone Tracy’s destruction of Darwin in 1974, Robert Farquharson’s murder of his sons on Father’s Day 2005.’

The Kibble and Dobbie Literary Awards are open to Australian female writers who have published a book of fiction or nonfiction classifiable as ‘life writing’. In 2014, the Kibble Literary Award was presented to Kristina Olsson for Boy, Lost: A Family Memoir (UQP) and the Dobbie Literary Award was presented to Kate Richards for Madness: A Memoir (Penguin).

For more information about the awards, click here.

 

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