One of Australia’s most prestigious literary awards was announced last month. The winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award was Michelle de Kretser for her fifth novel The Life to Come (Allen & Unwin). Impressively, she also won the award in 2013 for her previous novel Questions of Travel.
Among their praise, the judges noted the skill with which de Kretser ‘dissects the way Australians see ourselves, and reflects on the ways other parts of the world see us’. You can find an excellent review of The Life to Come, which explores some of these themes, in the Sydney Review of Books.
In this month’s rights news, we report on a comedy show turned Netflix special that is being developed into a memoir, and a play—inspired by a classic Australian short story—that is being adapted into a novel and feature film. Both are examples of compelling Australian stories that are finding success in multiple mediums.