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Sunday, October 19, 2014

30 Books in the Prime Minister's 2014 Shortlists

19 October 2014
Prime Minister
Minister for the Arts
In a year of outstanding achievement by Australian writers, today the Government announces the 2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlists.
These awards recognise the role Australian writers play in enlightening and entertaining us, reflecting on our history and taking our stories to the world.
Australia’s writers are ambassadors for our stories and our cultural life and experience.
The 2014 shortlists feature some of Australia’s most significant and recognised writers, as well as gifted debut authors across all six award categories: fiction, poetry, non-fiction, Australian history, young adult fiction and children’s fiction.
The shortlists span many genres, styles and subjects, reflecting on contemporary Australian life, significant moments in Australian and world history as well as gripping readers with fictional stories that captivate young and old readers alike.
These thirty books have become part of the contemporary Australian literary canon.
A number of the shortlisted books reflect on World War One and the Anzac story – the crucible in which the Australian identity was forged. These works are essential resources to remembering the tide of events that shaped our nation and that still cast a shadow over the wider world.
The 2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlists are:
A World of Other People, Steven Carroll (Harper Collins)
The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan (Vintage Australia)

The Night Guest, Fiona McFarlane (Penguin: Hamish Hamilton)
Coal Creek, Alex Miller (Allen & Unwin)
Belomor, Nicolas Rothwell (Text Publishing)
Tempo, Sarah Day (Puncher & Wattmann Poetry)
Eldershaw, Stephen Edgar (Black Pepper)
1953, Geoff Page (University of Queensland Press)
Drag Down to Unlock or Place an Emergency Call, Melinda Smith (Pitt Street Poetry)
Chains of Snow, Jakob Ziguras (Pitt Street Poetry)
Moving Among Strangers, Gabrielle Carey (University of Queensland Press)
The Lucky Culture, Nick Cater (Harper Collins Publishers)
Citizen Emperor, Philip Dwyer (Bloomsbury Publishing)
Rendezvous with Destiny, Michael Fullilove (Penguin)
Madeleine: A Life of Madeleine St John, Helen Trinca (Text Publishing)
Prize for Australian History
Broken Nation: Australians in the Great War, Joan Beaumont (Allen & Unwin)
First Victory 1914, Mike Carlton (Random House)
Australia’s Secret War: How unionists sabotaged our troops in World War II, Hal G.P. Colebatch (Quadrant Books)
Arthur Phillip: Sailor, Mercenary, Governor, Spy, Michael Pembroke (Hardie Grant Books)
The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, Clare Wright (Text Publishing)
Young Adult Fiction
The Incredible Here and Now, Felicity Castagna (Giramondo)
Pureheart, Cassandra Golds (Penguin)
Girl Defective, Simmone Howell (Pan Macmillan)
Life in Outer Space, Melissa Keil (Hardie Grant Egmont)
The First Third, Will Kostakis (Penguin)
Children’s Fiction
Silver Buttons, Bob Graham (Walker Books )
Song for a Scarlet Runner, Julie Hunt (Allen & Unwin)
My Life as an Alphabet, Barry Jonsberg (Allen & Unwin)
Kissed by the Moon, Alison Lester (Puffin)
Rules of Summer, Shaun Tan (Hachette)
Established in 2008, the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards are Australia’s richest literary prize with a total prize pool of $600,000 to winners and shortlisted authors across the six categories.
These awards are testament to the strength and talent of Australia’s writers.
Winners will be announced before the end of the year.

19 October 2014 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Arthur Boyd Exhibition in National Gallery, Canberra

Read the Daily Review's review here of 


Time, Bob Dylan groused, is a jet plane — it moves too fast.
We saw the Arthur Boyd show in Canberra shortly after it opened in early September, and it’s already mid-October. It’s children who get to travel time on a boat, for them a frustrating and stately pace, while adults get seated on faster and faster jets the closer they get to their final destination. We’re not waiting for Godot, we’re screaming helter skelter into his arms.
On the left, the well-known self-portrait at 17 (in the show); and the self-portrait at 65, which seems predicted by the teenage picture. Even at 17 Boyd looks like he had already boarded the jet.

Notes: The excellent website of the exhibition where you can view all the pictures via the “Galleries” tab. (But they are not very big to look at, alas.)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

SHIFT at The Darlington Dental


Some people have asked where they can buy 
'One Hour Seeds Another'

If you're in Melbourne, at Collected Works Bookshop
Level 1, 35-37 Swanston St, MelbourneVIC3000

For the rest of the world, go to 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

For your interest - if you haven't read it before ...

Posted: 11 Oct 2014 07:16 AM PDT

L=A=N-G=U=A=G=E Lines

edited by
Bruce Andrews and Charles Bernstein

How Wolves Change Rivers

Announcing "Cuttlefish", a New magazine from Sunline Press

A new literary magazine, Cuttlefish, produced by Sunline Press, will be released in the March, 2015. The magazine will feature one artist’s work, and will include poetry, flash fiction and other short fiction up to 1200 words.

Writers should send poetry, up to 40 lines, flash fiction (250 words and less), and longer pieces up to 1200 words. There will be a payment of $40 for all works.

The submissions will be selected anonymously so writers should send a hard copy to Sunline Press, 21 Jarrad Street, Cottesloe, 6011, with no name on the work. These should arrive by December 5. Writers should then send an email to with their names and the titles of their work after January 7 and before January 14.

Those selected will be notified by late January.

All submissions should be typed in 12 point Times Roman, with 1.5 spacing.

Short Fiction: Sue Midalia
Flash Fiction: Angela Meyer
Poetry Editor: Roland Leach

Friday, October 10, 2014

Son honours Father with "Read, Write, Recite" poetry month

Poet, playwright, author Amiri Baraka during a panel discussion 'The Beats, Be-Bop, and All That Jazz'

NEWARK — Newark mayor Ras Baraka is launching a city poetry month today, on what would have been his father, Amiri Baraka's, 80th birthday.

The mayor has declared the theme of Newark Poetry Month “Read, Write, Recite." The city and other organizations will offer several events, including poetry readings, at venues across the city during October, the city said in statement.

A ceremony kicking off the month will start at 5 p.m. in City Hall. In addition to the older Baraka, 95-year-old Newark poet Eddie Mae Livingston will also be recognized at the ceremony.

The elder Baraka, a longtime activist and fixture on the national poetry scene,died in January at the age of 79. Today would have been his 80th birthday, according to the city.

Perth Poetry Club + News

Come and see Murray Jennings and Connor Weightman at Perth Poetry Club this week.
Come and see Murray Jennings and Connor Weightman at the Moon Saturday 11th October, 2014, Perth Poetry Club,  this Saturday at 2pm, 323 William St Northbridge. 
Read our blog to get some background on our magnificent guest.

Poets coming up at Perth Poetry Club:
18th October: Stephen Cole and Elio Novello
25th October: Randall Stephens


Opening date: 1st September, 2014
Closing date: 15th December, 2014

Winners announced: 23rd February. 2015 at Voicebox in Fremantle.

Entry fee: $10.0 for a single entry. $15.00 for two and $20 for three. (Limit - three poems per autho
Maximim pf 60 lines per poem.
All work must be previously unpublished.

For more information phone 089384 4771  
or email fellowshipaustralianwriterswa - download a competition page.
On every last Monday of the month! On  Monday, 27th October, 2014. Poets featuring are Carol Milner, Siobhan Hodge and Randall Stephens
Plus 10 x 5 min. open mike. .Doors open at 7 pm, poetry begins at 7.30. There is a bar and tea, coffee, delicious snacks and cake will be available for purchase. The Fly Trap is a cash only venue.See Voicebox Fremantle on Facebook, or email 
WRIT Poetry Review is a new and bold e-magazine aiming to showcase contemporary Australian poetry, with a WA focus, and an emphasis on new and emerging writers.  Please send  poems and a bio to Poems may be previously published.