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Karskens wins ‘ABR’ 2019 Calibre Prize

Historian Grace Karskens has won the Australian Book Review’s (ABR) 2019 Calibre Prize for her essay ‘Nah Doongh’s Song’.

Karskens’ essay examines the ‘unusually long life of one of the first Aboriginal children who grew up in conquered land’, and will be published in the ABR’s Indigenous issue in August. She also receives $5000.

Artist and photographer Sarah Walker placed second for her essay ‘Floundering’. She receives $2500. Another five essays were highly commended by judges:

  • ‘The Song of the Grasshopper’ by John Bigelow
  • ‘Death and Sandwiches’ by Andrew Broertjes
  • ‘The Land of Three Rivers’ by Martin Edmond
  • ‘Thicker Than Water’ by Michael McGirr
  • ‘From Your Own Culture’ by Melanie Saward.

The winners were chosen by a judging panel comprising ABR editor Peter Rose and authors J M Coetzee and Anna Funder. For more information about the prize, click here.


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