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Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2016 winners announced

Darwin-based playwright Mary Anne Butler has won the Victorian Prize for Literature, worth $100,000, for her play Broken at this year’s Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.

The play, which also won the award for drama, worth $25,000, centres on a car crash in the Northern Territory and ‘wrestles with matters of chance, choice hope and fate’.

Broken premiered at Browns Mart Theatre in Darwin in March 2015 and will be performed at the Darlinghurst Theatre in Sydney in August. It will also be published this year by Currency Press.

The winning titles in each category are:


  • The World Without Us (Mireille Juchau, Bloomsbury)


  • Something for the Pain (Gerald Murnane, Text)


  • Crankhandle (Alan Loney, Cordite)

Young adult

  • Welcome to Orphancorp (Marlee Jane Ward, Seizure)


  • Broken (Mary Anne Butler, Currency Press)

People’s choice award

  • Fever of Animals (Miles Allinson, Scribe).

The winners were announced on 28 January at a ceremony in Melbourne.

To see all the titles shortlisted for this year’s Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, click here. For more information about the awards, visit the Wheeler Centre website.



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