Rockel wins UWAP Dorothy Hewett Award for an unpublished manuscript
Tasmanian author Angela Rockel has won the 2019 UWA Publishing (UWAP) Dorothy Hewett Award for an unpublished manuscript for her manuscript, ‘Rogue Intensities’.
Rockel was chosen from a shortlist of six, and will receive $10,000 and a publishing contract with UWAP.
The judging panel—comprising UWA academic Elfie Shiosaki, critic James Ley and UWAP director Terri-ann White—said: ‘In this remarkable manuscript of place and decades of daily encounters in the natural world, Angela Rockel lays out ways of describing and understanding she has learned through her life. As she writes, she bears witness to this place … southern Tasmania, where she arrived as a young woman from her place of origin, New Zealand.
‘This work gets to the heart of what happens within the long duration of a life. It is also significant in celebrating the unique but threatened beauty of the southern Tasmanian landscape. Rockel’s work is a call to action based on a life of bearing witness to a changing climate.’
Rockel is the first Tasmania-based writer to win the award, after UWAP expanded the award’s eligibility criteria last year, making all Australian writers and permanent residents eligible to enter, and no longer requiring writers or manuscripts to have a ‘connection to Western Australia’.
Rockel’s book will be published in October 2019.
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