UQP to present gender equality award in honour of Quentin Bryce
The University of Queensland Press (UQP) has established a new award, named in honour of former Governor General Quentin Bryce, that celebrates women’s lives or promotes gender equality.
Established in association with the University of Queensland (UQ), the annual UQP Quentin Bryce Award will be awarded to one book on UQP’s list that celebrates women’s lives or promotes gender equality, with the winner to be chosen by Bryce.
UQ will provide $10,000 towards the award, of which $5000 will be used as prize money for the winning author, with the remaining $5000 to be spent on additional marketing and publicity.
An alumna of UQ, Bryce was the first woman to hold the office of Governor General of Australia, is a former Governor of Queensland and was the first woman appointed as a faculty member of UQ’s law school. She is also an ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and the Stella Prize.
‘I have a long and proud association with the University of Queensland and its publishing house, UQP—over the years I have admired and supported many of UQP’s books, authors and staff,’ says Bryce. ‘I am honoured that an award has been established in my name that will reward one of their outstanding authors each year.’
UQP director Ben James said that Bryce has been ‘a wonderful supporter of UQP for many years’.
‘I am delighted UQP will honour Dame Quentin Bryce with an award that champions her passion for Australian literature,’ said James.
UQP says the inaugural recipient of the award will be announced in the first quarter of this year.