The Queensland Premier's Literary Awards were inaugurated in 1999 and have grown to become a leading literary awards program within Australia, with $225 000 in prize money offered across 14 categories.

2010 | 2009 | Winners 1999 to 2008

2011 Queensland Premier's Literary Awards winners

Fiction Book Award
Reading Madame Bovary, Amanda Lohrey (Black Inc.)

Emerging Queensland Author - Manuscript Award
The Beloved, Annah Lee Faulkner

Unpublished Indigenous Writer - Arts Queensland David Unaipon Award
'Mazin' Grace, Dylan Coleman

Non-Fiction Book Award
An Eye for Eternity: The life of Manning Clark, Mark McKenna (The Miegunyah Press)

History Book - Faculty of Arts, University of Queensland Award
Northern Voyagers: Australia's monsoon coast in maritime history, Alan Powell (Australian Scholarly Publishing)

Children's Book - Mary Ryan's Award
Just a Dog, Michael Gerard Bauer (Omnibus Books)

Young Adult Book Award
Being Here, Barry Jonsberg (Allen & Unwin)

Science Writer Award
Voyage to the Planets - Episodes 1, 2 and 3 - Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, Richard Smith (Essential Media and Entertainment)

Poetry Collection - Arts Queensland Judith Wright Calanthe Award
Starlight: 150 poems, John Tranter (University of Queensland Press)

Australian Short Story Collection - Arts Queensland Steele Rudd Award
Reading Madame Bovary, Amanda Lohrey (Black Inc.)

Literary or Media Work Advancing Public Debate - The Harry Williams Award
Into the Woods: The Battle for Tasmania's Forests, Anna Krien (Black Inc.)

Film Script - Screen Queensland Award
The Hunter, Alice Addison (Porchlight Films)

Drama Script (Stage) - Griffith University Creative Writing Program Award
Life Without Me, Daniel Keene (Currency Press Pty Ltd)

Television Script - QUT Creative Industries Award
Paper Giants: The birth of Cleo - Part 2, Christopher Lee (Southern Star John Edwards)

The shortlisted works:

Fiction Book Award

Caleb's Crossing, Geraldine Brooks (HarperCollins)
Reading Madame Bovary, Amanda Lohrey (Black Inc.)
Roddy Parr, Peter Rose (HarperCollins)
That Deadman Dance, Kim Scott (Pan Macmillan)
The English Class, Ouyang Yu (Transit Lounge Publishing)

Emerging Queensland Author - Manuscript Award

From Winter or River
, Andrea Dudley
The Beloved, Annah Lee Faulkner
Empty Beach, Bruce Nash
At Mother's Elbow, Sally Piper
The Arc, Ross Watkins

Unpublished Indigenous Writer - Arts Queensland David Unaipon Award

Clear Water White Death: Storm on the Horizon, Dylan Coleman
'Mazin' Grace, Dylan Coleman
Skin Deep, Brenda Saunders

Non-Fiction Book Award

Singing Saltwater Country: Journey to the Songlines of Carpentaria, John Bradley (Allen & Unwin)
Guantanamo: My Journey, David Hicks (Random House)
Into the Woods: The Battle for Tasmania's Forests, Anna Krien (Black Inc.)
When It Rains: A Memoir, Maggie MacKellar (Random House)
An Eye for Eternity: The Life of Manning Clark, Mark McKenna (The Miegunyah Press)

History Book - Faculty of Arts, University of Queensland Award

Good Living Street: The Fortunes of My Viennese Family, Tim Bonyhady (Allen & Unwin)
A Merciless Place: The Lost Story of Britain's Convict Disaster in Africa and How it Led to the Settlement of Australia, Emma Christopher (Allen & Unwin)
Northern Voyagers: Australia's Monsoon Coast in Maritime History, Alan Powell (Australian Scholarly Publishing)
Savage or Civilised?: Manners in Colonial Australia, Penny Russell (University of New South Wales Press)
The Many Worlds of R.H. Mathews: In Search of an Australian Anthropologist, Martin Thomas (Allen & Unwin)

Children's Book - Mary Ryan's Award

Just a Dog, Michael Gerard Bauer (Omnibus Books)
Henry Hoey Hobson, Christine Bongers (Random House)
The Staring Owl, Luke Edwards (Omnibus Books)
Bill Rules, Elizabeth Fensham (University of Queensland Press)
Waiting for Later, Tina Matthews (Walker Books)

Young Adult Book Award

Graffiti Moon, Cath Crowley (Pan Macmillan)
The Golden Day, Ursula Dubosarsky (Allen & Unwin)
Big River, Little Fish, Belinda Jeffrey (University of Queensland Press)
Being Here, Barry Jonsberg (Allen & Unwin)
To Die For, Mark Svendsen (Woolshed Press)

Science Writer Award

Feeling the Heat, Jo Chandler (Melbourne University Press)
Voyage to the Planets - Episodes 1, 2 and 3 - Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, Richard Smith (Essential Media and Entertainment)
Medicinal Plants in Australia: Volume 1 Bush Pharmacy, Cheryll Williams (Rosenberg Publishing Pty Ltd)
Eucalypts: A Celebration, John Wrigley and Murray Fagg (Allen & Unwin)

Poetry Collection - Arts Queensland Judith Wright Calanthe Award

Burning Bright, Caroline Caddy (Fremantle Press)
Lines for Birds: Poems & Paintings, Barry Hill and John Wolseley (UWA Publishing)
You Can Get Only So Close On Google Earth, Ann Shenfield (Australian Scholarly Publishing)
Starlight: 150 Poems, John Tranter (University of Queensland Press)

Australian Short Story Collection - Arts Queensland Steele Rudd Award

The Source of the Sound
, Patrick Holland (Salt Publishing)
Reading Madame Bovary, Amanda Lohrey (Black Inc.)
Other Stories, Wayne Macauley (Black Pepper Publishing)
Known Unknowns, Emmett Stinson (Affirm Press)

Literary or Media Work Advancing Public Debate - The Harry Williams Award


Into the Woods: The Battle for Tasmania's Forests
, Anna Krien (Black Inc)
Quarterly Essay 38: Power Trip - The Political Journey of Kevin Rudd, David Marr (Black Inc.)
Quarterly Essay 40: Trivial Pursuit - Leadership and the End of the Reform Era, George Megalogenis (Black Inc.)
Leaky Boat, Victoria Midwinter Pitt (Matchbox Pictures)
Sideshow: Dumbing Down Democracy, Lindsay Tanner (Scribe Publications)

Film Script - Screen Queensland Award

The Hunter, Alice Addison (Porchlight Films)
Here I Am, Beck Cole (Scarlett Pictures Pty Ltd)
Snowtown, Shaun Grant (Warp Films Australia)

Drama Script (Stage) Award - Griffith University Creative Writing Program Award

April's Fool, David Burton (Playlab Press)
Bang, Jonathan Gavin
MOTH, Declan Greene
Life Without Me, Daniel Keene (Currency Press Pty Ltd)
Head Full of Love, Alana Valentine

Television Script - QUT Creative Industries Award

Charles Bean's Great War, Wain Fimeri (360 Degree Films)
Offspring - Episode 109, Jonathan Gavin (Southern Star John Edwards)
Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo - Part 1, Christopher Lee (Southern Star John Edwards)
Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo - Part 2, Christopher Lee (Southern Star John Edwards)
East West 101 - The Hero's Standard - Season 3, Episode 14, Michael Miller (East West 101 Season 3 Pty Limited)

2010 Queensland Premier's Literary Awards winners

Fiction Book Award

Summertime |The Blue Plateau: A Landscape Memoir | Sydney Harbour | Little White Slips | Requiem for a Species: Why We Resist the Truth About Climate Change

J.M. Coetzee for Summertime, Random House Australia

Non-Fiction Book Award

Mark Tredinnick for The Blue Plateau: A Landscape Memoir, University of Queensland Press

Literary or Media Work Advancing Public Debate – The Harry Williams Award

Clive Hamilton for Requiem for a Species: Why we resist the truth about climate change, Allen & Unwin

History Book – Faculty of Arts, University of Queensland Award

Ian Hoskins for Sydney Harbour: A history, University of New South Wales Press

Children's Book – Mary Ryan's Award

Sally Murphy for Toppling, Walker Books Australia

Young Adult Book Award

Richard Yaxley for Drink the Air

Science Writer Award

Sonya Pemberton for Catching Cancer, December Films and Pemberton Films

Poetry Collection – Arts Queensland Judith Wright Calanthe Award

Peter Boyle for Apocrypha, Vagabond Press

Australian Short Story Collection – Arts Queensland Steele Rudd Award

Karen Hitchcock for Little White Slips, Picador

Emerging Queensland Author – Manuscript Award

Noel Mengel for RPM

Unpublished Indigenous Writer – Arts Queensland David Unaipon Award

Jeanine Leane for Purple Threads

Film Script – Screen Queensland Award

Shirley Barrett for South Solitary, Macgowan Films Pty Ltd

Drama Script ( Stage ) Award

Rick Viede for Whore

Television Script – QUT Creative Industries Award

John Misto for Sisters of War, Australian Broadcasting Corporation/Pericles Film Productions Pty Ltd

This year the awards attracted  900 nominations with 62 shortlisted work. Winners August 31. Full shortlist Award Tragic Blog

Also of interest? The Bilbys- Queensland Children's Choice Awards

Winners 1999 to present | 2009 Shortlist

2009 Literary Awards Winners and Shortlists

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2009 Winner & Shortlist Non-Fiction Book Award

Gough Whitlam: A Moment in History | The Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island | Lives of the Papunya Tula Artists | Shadowed Days: Fragments of a Melbourne Boyhood | buy_from_fishpond

Winner : The Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island by Chloe Hooper
Penguin Group (Australia)- In 2004 Cameron Doomadgee, a 36-year-old resident of Palm Island, was arrested for swearing at a white police officer. Within 45 minutes he was dead. The main suspect was well respected Senior Sergeant Christopher Hurley. This is the story of what happened, the trial, and the Aboriginal myths around the case.

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  • Gough Whitlam by Jenny Hocking
    Melbourne University Publishing- The first contemporary biographical study of Gough Whitlam from his childhood in Canberra, his extensive war service and marriage to Margaret, this book draws upon the author's unprecedented access to archival material and interviews with Morebuy_from_fishpond
  • Lives of the Papunya Tula Artists
  • Lives of the Papunya Tula Artists by Vivien Johnson
    IAD Press - Lives of the Papunya Tula Artists chronicles the beginnings of the Western Desert art movement and the phenomenal development of its founding art company over four decades. Through comprehensive and widely researched biographies of more than 200 men and women the book illuminates lives balanced between first contact and international stardom, poverty and record auction prices.

    In the early 1970s, a small group of Western Desert ‘painting men’ at Papunya in Central Australia seized the opportunity to experiment with new techniques and materials, producing vibrant and innovative works that give enduring expression to their powerful tjukurrpa (Dreamings). In the years since, Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd has made a profound contribution to the Western Desert art movement and international contemporary art.

    Over 25 years in the making, Lives of the Papunya Tula Artists celebrates both the individual lives of the artists and their cooperative endeavour. It showcases the importance of what they share: family and country, significant sites, tjukurrpa and life histories.buy_from_fishpond
  • Shadowed Days: Fragments of a Melbourne Boyhood by Garry Kinnane
    Clouds of Magellan -

    'Two nights later our whole life is changed. I am reading a comic in bed, when from way down the hall I hear my mother yell, ‘Frank! Frank!’ There is something in her voice that I have never heard before - not just panic, which is the first thing that strikes me, but a deeper note of fear...'

    GARRY KINNANE’S haunting evocation of his boyhood in Melbourne in the 40s and 50s brings to life a struggling family. Frank and Thelma and their two boys, Garry and Ray, are always on the move - from Richmond to Mount Macedon, to North Melbourne, among the homeless in ‘Larundel’, and finally to an uneasy life in Valentine Street. buy_from_fishpond

  • Manning Clark: A Life by Brian Matthews
    Allen & Unwin - Manning Clark was one of the most influential Australian intellectuals ofthe last half century. His political pronouncements were often highly provocative and his sweeping judgements, dire denunciations and oracular prophecies infuriated conservatives and made him a controversial figure. His most enduring legacy, however, was his magisterial six-volume History of Australia. In it he reshaped the now familiar story of our nation's modern evolution; from the First Fleet's arrival, the convicts, the rum rebellion, gold, the sheep's back, Federation, and the glorious defeat at Gallipoli, up to the nation emerging from the Great Depression and on the threshold of a new world war. More
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2009 Winner & Shortlist Poetry Collection - Arts Queensland Judith Wright Calanthe Award

Aria | The Striped World | Divine Comedy: Journeys Through a Regional Geography: Three New Works |

Winner: The Striped World by Emma Jonesbuy_from_fishpond
Faber and Faber - With their tidal imagination, the poems in this debut collection sweep between old worlds and new, seeking the lost and recovering the found among shipwrecks, underwater zoos and discovered lands. Emma Jones brings her inventive worlds dramatically to life in a series of vividly distilled meetings: of settlers and indigenous peoples, of seawaters and shore, of humanity and the wilds of nature. Here tigers stalk the captive and the free, while Death encounters his own double and Daphne tells of her new leaves,

Other Shortlisted

2009 Winner & Shortlist Australian Short Story Collection - Arts Queensland Steele Rudd Award

Winner: The Boat by Nam Le
Penguin Group (Australia)

Other Shortlisted

  • Her Father's Daughter by John Clanchy
    University of Queensland Press
  • The Rip by Robert Drewe
    Penguin Group (Australia)
  • The Bird in the Egg and Other Stories by Steve Holden
    Ginninderra Press
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2009 Winner & Shortlist Children's Book - Mary Ryan's Award

Possum and Wattle: My Big Book of Australian Words | /Little_Blue/index.html | The Camel Who Crossed Australia (Animal Stars) | Darius Bell and the Glitter Pool |buy_from_fishpond

Winner: Little Blue by Gaye Chapman
Little Hare Books - When Will discovers a little blue girl lost in the woods, he tries to help her. When they fail to find her way home, he invites her home with him - only to find that their homes are one and the same place. Ages 4-8.

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  • Possum and Wattle: My Big Book of Australian Words by Bronwyn Bancroft
    Little Hare Books- A lavishly illustrated word book of Australia. Words include blossoms and bees through to wombats and willy willys. The pages range from neatly vignetted illustrations to large narrative landscapes. The book is designed to intrigue, captivate and nurture inquisitive minds and to celebrate the uniqueness of Australia. Ages 3+. Morebuy_from_fishpond
  • The Camel Who Crossed Australia by Jackie French
    HarperCollins Publishers Australia - The story of the famous Burke and Wills expedition...as it has never been told before. The humans called him Bell Sing, but to the other camels he is known as 'He Who Spits Further Than the Wind'. Transported from the mountains and deserts of the Northwest Frontier (present-day Pakistan and Afghanistan), Bell Sing buy_from_fishpond
  • Darius Bell and the Glitter Pool by Odo Hirsch
    Allen & Unwin - The Bell family is in danger of losing their honourable name. Can Darius step up to the challenge and uphold it? A warm, wise story from one of Australia's master storytellers about a boy, his friends, his family, and the way a bit of luck and a lot of determination can turn the worst day of your life into the best. Morebuy_from_fishpond
  • Pearl Verses the World by Sally Murphy and Heather Potter
    Walker Books Australia

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2009 Winner & Shortlist Fiction Book Award

Wanting | The Lieutenant | The Boat | Ransom | The Slap

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  • Wanting by Richard Flanagan
    Random House Australia (KNOPF)- From one of the most inventive and important international literary voices comes this powerful and moving tale of colonialism, ambition, and the lusts and longings that mark humanity's nature. More

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  • The Lieutenant by Kate Grenville
    Text Publishing- As a boy, Daniel Rooke was always an outsider. At school, he learned to hide his clever thoughts from his cruel peers; at home, his parents were bemused by their bookish son. Daniel could only hope - against all the evidence - that he would one day find his place in life. More
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    Penguin Group (Australia)- In 1979, Nam Le's family left Vietnam for Australia, an experience that inspires the first and last stories in The Boat. In between, however, Le's imagination lays claim to the world. The Boat takes us from a tourist in Tehran to a teenage hit man in Colombia; from an ageing New York artist to a boy coming of age in a small Victorian fishing town; More
  • Ransom by David Maloufbuy_from_fishpond
    Random House Australia (KNOPF)- With learning worn lightly and in his own lyrical language, David Malouf retells Homer's Iliad. Focusing on the unbreakable bonds between men - Priam and Hector, Patroclus and Achilles, Priam and the cart driver hired to retrieve Hector's body. Pride, grief, brutality, love and neighbourliness are explored. And, this retelling has a few surprises. The minute you finish this novel you will want to return to the beginning and start all over again. More
  • The Slap by Christos Tsiolkasbuy_from_fishpond
    Allen & Unwin - At a suburban barbecue, a man slaps a child who is not his own. This event has a shocking ricochet effect on a group of people, mostly friends, who are directly or indirectly influenced by the event. In this remarkable novel, Christos Tsiolkas turns his unflinching and all-seeing eye on to that which connects us all: the modern family and domestic life in the twenty-first century. The Slap is told from the points of view of eight people who were present at the barbecue. More
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2009 Winner & Shortlist Young Adult Book Award

 

Into White Silence | The Beginner's Guide to Living | Sprite Downberry | My Candlelight Novel |buy_from_fishpond

Winner : A Small Free Kiss in the Dark by Glenda Millard
Allen & Unwin

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2009 Winner & Shortlist Science Writer Award

 

Small Wonders: How Microbes Rule Our World | Pasteur's Gambit | Evolution's Edge: The Coming Collapse and Transformation of Our World

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Pasteur's Gambit: Louis Pasteur, The Australasian Rabbit Plague and a Ten Million Dollar Prize by Stephen Dando-Collins
Random House Australia (Vintage) - In 1887, the desperate NSW Government of Sir Henry Parkes advertised an international competition for a biological cure for the rabbit plague then ravaging the farms of Australia and New Zealand. The competition, with a prize equivalent to $10 million today, would attract 1500 entries, and would generate a sensational episode in Australasian history that combined science, subterfuge, and scandal. In Paris, famous biologist Dr Louis Pasteur, struggling to raise the funds to open his prestigious Pasteur Institute, saw the Australasian rabbit competition as the answer to his financial prayers. For Pasteur was convinced he had the biological remedy to the rabbit plague. More

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  • Small Wonders: how microbes rule our world by Idan Ben-Barak
    Scribe Publications - In the spirit of Natalie Angier's The Canon, and writing with the verve and wit of Bill Bryson, Small Wonders takes the reader on a fantastic voyage to the microscopic, but massively influential, world of microbiology. It's a strange and dangerous world where oxygen is a lethal poison, sulphur is a delicious treat, deception is a basic survival skill, and perfectly good alcohol is simply thrown away. Morebuy_from_fishpond
  • Darwin's Armada by Iain McCalman
    Penguin Group (Australia) - Darwin's Armada tells the stories of Charles Darwin, Thomas Huxley, Joseph Hooker and Alfred Wallace, four young amateur naturalists from Britain who voyaged to the southern hemisphere during the first half of the nineteenth century in search of adventure and scientific fame. It charts their thrilling voyages to the strange and beautiful lands of the southern hemisphere that reshaped the young mariners' scientific ideas and led them, on returning to Britain, to befriend fellow voyager Charles Darwin. Morebuy_from_fishpond
  • Evolution's Edge: The Coming Collapse and Transformation of our World by Graeme Taylor
    New Society Publishers - "Evolution's Edge" shows that limitless economic expansion is impossible on a finite planet. This work offers a practical guide to a sustainable future and serves as vital reading for activists, educators, progressive thinkers, and anyone concerned about the state of the world. More
  • Hendra and the bats by Ian Townsend -Download Audio
    ABC Radio National - Background Briefing Show- Bats carry many of the nasty viruses, even SARS, Ebola, Nipah and Hendra. Scientists think bats may be using these deadly viruses in a war with other species, including horses and man. Reporter Ian Townsend.
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2009 Winner & Shortlist History Book - Faculty of Arts, University of Queensland Award

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Stella Miles Franklin by Jill Roe
Stella Miles Franklin: A BiographyHarperCollins Publishers Australia - Stella Miles Franklin was born in the Australian bush and, at the age of twenty-one, became an international publishing sensation with My Brilliant Career. The book struck a chord with women and girls all over the country, and more than a century later is still regarded as an Australian classic. Miles' early success gave her entree to literary and socialist circles in Sydney and Melbourne. But by 1906 she had decided to make the bold move to travel overseas, and went to work for the women's labour movement in Chicago. In 1915 she relocated to London and quickly found herself travelling to the Balkans to help nurse wounded Allied soldiers More

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  • The Collectors of Lost Souls: Turning Kuru Scientists into WhitemenThe Collectors of Lost Souls: Turning Kuru Scientists into Whitemen by Warwick Anderson
    The Johns Hopkins University Press -This riveting account of medical detective work traces the story of kuru, a fatal brain disease, and the pioneering scientists who spent decades searching for its cause.When whites first encountered the Fore people in the isolated highlands of colonial New Guinea during the 1940s and 1950s, they found a people in the grip of a bizarre epidemic. Women and children succumbed to muscle weakness, uncontrollable tremors, and lack of coordination, until death inevitably supervened. Facing extinction, the Fore attributed their unique and terrifying affliction to a particularly malign form of sorcery." MorChurchill and Australiaebuy_from_fishpond
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    Pan Macmillan Australia - Winston Churchill was a titan of the 20th Century, universally acknowledged as one of the greatest leaders of his age. Yet his relationship with Australiawas a fraught one, tainted by the military failure of the Gallipoli campaign in the First War, and the disaster of Singapore in the Second. Churchill the patrician, descendant of dukes, could not appreciate Australia's dearly held egalitarianism, while Churchill the imperial statesman was impatient, and at times intolerant, of Australia's growing urge towards independence. The relationship between the two would span the first 50 tumultuous years of the 20th Century, Travels in Atomic Sunshine: Australia and the Occupation of Japanfrom the Boer War through to opening salvoes of the Cold War, and act as a fascinating backdrop to Australia's maturity from a collection of autonomous colonies to full nationhood.buy_from_fishpond
  • Travels in Atomic Sunshine by Robin Gerster
    Scribe Publications- In February 1946, the Australians of the British CommonwealthOccupation Force moved into western Japan to 'demilitarise and democratise' the atom-bombed backwater of Hiroshima Prefecture. For over six years, up to 20,000 Australian servicemen, including their wives and children, participated in a historic experiment in nation-rebuilding dominated by the United States and the occupation's supreme commander, General MacArthur. It was to be a watershed in Australian military history and international relations. Morebuy_from_fishpond
  • Darwin's Armada by Iain McCalman
    Penguin Group (Australia) - Darwin's Armada tells the stories of Charles Darwin, Thomas Huxley, Joseph Hooker and Alfred Wallace, four young amateur naturalists from Britain who voyaged to the southern hemisphere during the first half of the nineteenth century in search of adventure and scientific fame. It charts their thrilling voyages to the strange and beautiful lands of the southern hemisphere that reshaped the young mariners' scientific ideas and led them, on returning to Britain, to befriend fellow voyager Charles Darwin. More

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2009 Winner & ShortlistEmerging Queensland Author - Manuscript Award

  • Bone Mother by Pamela S. Douglas
  • The Knock Knock by Rachel Rutter
  • Off the Grid by Inga Simpson
  • Young Liars and Other Stories by Chris Somerville
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2009 Winner & ShortlistUnpublished Indigenous Writer - Arts Queensland David Unaipon Award

Winner

The Boundary by Nicole Watson

Other Shortlisted

  • Which Way? by John Davis
  • Aprons and Stock-whips by Alfa Emily Geiszler and Maryann Lazarus
  • Magpies by Jeanine Leane
  • Only a Bridge by Ngitji Ngitji Mona Tur

2009 Winner & ShortlistFilm Script - Pacific Film and Television Commission Award

Winner: Mary and Max by Adam Elliot
Melodrama Pictures Pty Ltd
  • Cedar Boys by Serhat Caradee
    Cedar Boys Pty Ltd
  • The Last Ride by Mac Gudgeon
    Last Ride Pty Ltd
  • Mao's Last Dancer by Jan Sardi
    Last Dancer Pty Ltd

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2009 Winner & ShortlistTelevision Script - QUT Creative Industries Award

Winner

  • False Witness by Peter Gawler
    Screentime Pty Ltd

Other Shortlisted

  • K9 - Regeneration - Episode 1 by Shane Krause and Shayne Armstrong
    Metal Mutt Productions Pty Ltd
  • East West 101 - Just Cargo - Episode 9 by Michelle Offen
    Knapman Wyld Television Pty Ltd
  • Underbelly - A Tale of Two Cities - Judas Kiss - Episode 9 by Felicity Packard
    Screentime Pty Ltd
  • My Place - 1978 - Mike by Nicholas Parsons
    Chapman Pictures Pty Ltd

2009 Winner & ShortlistDrama Script (Stage) Award

Winner

  • Realism by Paul Galloway
    Currency Press

Other Shortlisted

  • Frankenstein by Lally Katz
  • The Great by Tony McNamara
    Currency Press
  • The Modern International Dead by Damien Millar
    Currency Press
  • The Messenger: The Play by Ross Mueller
    Currency Press
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Literary or Media Work Advancing Public Debate - The Harry Williams AwardWilliams Award

Winner

Code of Silence by Sarah Ferguson
ABC Four Corners

Other Shortlisted

  • The Drugs Scourge by Michael Crutcher and Matthew Fynes-Clinton
    The Courier-Mail
  • The Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island by Chloe Hooper
    Penguin Group (Australia)
  • Quarterly Essay - Last Drinks: The Impact of the Northern Territory Intervention by Paul Toohey
    Black Inc.
  • Crisis for Children by Ian Townsend
    ABC Radio National

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Index Winners 1999 to present

Non- Fiction | Fiction | Young Adult | Children's Book - the Mary Ryan Award| Science Writer | Poetry Collection Judith Wright Calanthe Award| History Book | Emerging Queensland Author | Public Debate | Australian Short Story | David Unaipon Award (Unpublished Indigenous Writer) | Film Script | Television Script | Drama Script | Back to top | Home Page

2008 Queensland Premier's Literary Award Award Winners

Muck | The Spare Room |The Peasant Prince | Requiem for a Beast | Why is Uranus Upside Down?: And Other Questions About the Universe | Drawing the Global Colour Line: White Men's Countries and the International Challenge of Racial Equality |

Garner wins Qld Premier's 2008 Literary Prize bligh_anna

September 17th, 2008 - Melbourne author, screen writer and journalist Helen Garner has taken out the top prize at this year's Queensland Premier's Literary Awards.

Garner won $25,000 for her novel The Spare Room. Earlier this month Garner took top honours at the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards for the same book, winning the $30,000 Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction.

Matt Ottley's Requiem for a Beast, which generated a deal of controversy after being awarded a Children's Book Council of Australia prize for Picture Book of the Year, got the Premier's Literary Awards $15,000 prize for the Young Adult Book Award. The Peasant Prince, by Li Cunxin and Anne Spudvilas picked-up yet another literary award winning the Children's Book Category.

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Queensland Premier's Literary Awards 2008 Winners & Shortlists

2008 Non Fiction Book Award

Muck |Arthur Boyd: A Life | An Exacting Heart: The Story of Hephzibah Menuhin | American Journeysbuy_from_fishpond

Winner: Muck, Craig Sherborne, - This is the second of Sherbourne's memoirs of his family in which he creates two of the most memorable characters in memoir, his father and mother. He casts an adolescent's unsympathetic eye on his parents and their social pretensions in rural New Zealand and in Sydney racing circles, and from them makes a thought provoking entertainment for the reader.

Arthur Boyd, Dr Darleen Bungey - Arthur Boyd's legacy is a collection of masterpieces that define the history of buy_from_fishpondAustralian art in the last century. But the man himself - enigmatic, inarticulate, modest - has remained in the shadows until now. Based on over six years of meticulous research and hundreds of interviews, Darleen Bungey sweeps us into the intimate circle of one of Australia's most fascinating families. Arthur Boyd emerges as a passionate, dramatic figure whose self-effacing demeanour cloaked a strong personality that refused to allow his turbulent and sometimes tragic personal life to interfere with his creative genius. More

An Exacting Heart, Jacqueline Kent (went on to win the Nita Kibble Literary Award)buy_from_fishpond

American born and European educated Hephzibah Menuhin, a concert pianist esteemed by audiences internationally,married Australian Lindsay Nicholas, heir to the Aspro fortune, at the tender age of eighteen. The newlyweds took up residence at Lindsay's Victorian sheep property in 1938. They managed through the war, contributing to the community and raising their sons. During this period Hephzibah managed to keep her career alive and balanced this with meetingthe needs of her young family, her marriage in the context of 1940sand 50s Australia; and her relationships, both personal and professional. More

American Journeys, Don Watsonbuy_from_fishpond

Only in America - the most powerful democracy on earth, home to the best and worst of everything - are the most extreme contradictions possible. In a series of journeys, acclaimed author Don Watson set out to explore the nation that has influenced him more than any other. Travelling by rail gave Watson a unique and seductive means of peering into the United States, a way to experience life with its citizens: long days with the American landscape and American towns and American history unfolding on the outside, while inside a tiny particle of the American people talked among themselves. Watson's experiences are profoundly affecting: he witnesses the terrible aftermath of Hurricane explores the savage history of the Deep South, the heartland of the Civil War and journeys to the remarkable wilderness of Yellowstone National Park. Yet it is through the people he meets that Watson discovers the incomparable genius of America, its optimism, sophistication and riches - and also its darker side, its disavowal of failure and uncertainty. Beautifully written, with gentle power and sly humour, American Journeys investigates the meaning of the United States: its confidence, its religion, its heroes, its violence, and its material obsessions. The things that make America great are also its greatest flaws. More

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Past Winners Non Fiction Book Award

Muck | Slicing the Silence: Voyaging to Antarctica | Packer's Lunch | Papunya: A Place Made After the Story | A Death in Brazil | The Meeting of the Waters: The Hindmarsh Island Affair | The Boyds: A Family Biography

2008 Muck by Craig Sherborne
2007 Slicing the Silence: Voyaging to Antarctia by Professor Tom Griffiths
2006 Packer's Lunch by Neil Chenoweth
2005 Papunya - A Place Made After the Story by Geoffrey Bardon and James Bardon
2004 A Death in Brazil by Peter Robb
2003 Meeting of the Waters by Margaret Simons
2002 The Boyds: A Family Biography by Dr Brenda Niall
2001 A Fine and Private Place by Brian Matthews
 
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2008 Fiction Book Award

The Spare RoomBreath| His Illegal Self | Diary of a Bad Year | The Trout Opera

Winner: The Spare Room , Helen Garner, (Text Publishing)buy_from_fishpond

"The Spare Room" offers a powerful, witty, and taut story about a complex friendship between two women--one dying, the other called to care for her--from an internationally acclaimed and award-winning author.

"The Spare Room is a story of tough love and friendship and amazement at the bravado and resourcefulness of human beings in the face of death, written in a prose that has surgical precision. This reviewer knows at least one old man who does read novels: himself. Read this novel. It is truer than nonfiction." Geoffrey Lehmann in The Australian More

His Illegal Self, Peter Carey, buy_from_fishpond

Raised in isolated privilege by his New York grandmother, Che is the precocious son of radical student activists at Harvardin the late 1960s. Yearning for his famous outlaw parents, he bravely confronts his life, learning that nothing is what it seems. More

Diary of a Bad Year, J.M Coetzee, buy_from_fishpond
An eminent, aging Australian writer is invited to contribute to a book entitled "Strong Opinions". For him, troubled byAustralia's complicity in the wars in the Middle East, it is a chance to air some urgent concerns: how should a citizen of a modern democracy react to their state's involvement in an immoral war on terror, a war that involves the use of torture? Then in the laundry room of his apartment block, he encounters an alluring young woman. He offers her work typing up his manuscript. Anya is not interested in politics, but the job will be a welcome distraction, as will the writer's evident attraction towards her. Her boyfriend, Alan, is an investment consultant who understands the world in harsh economic terms. Unsure about his trophy girlfriend's new pastime, Alan begins to formulate a plan...More
 
The Trout Opera, Matthew Condon, (Random House (Vintage)buy_from_fishpond
More than ten years in the writing, "The Trout Opera" is a brilliant, epic novel that encompasses twentieth-century Australia. Opening with a Christmas pageant on the banks of the Snowy River in 1906 and ending with the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympics in 2000, it is the story of simple rabbiter and farmhand Wilfred Lampe who, at the end of his long life, is unwittingly swept up into an international spectacle. On the way he discovers a great-niece, the wild and troubled young Aurora, whom he never knew existed, and together they take an unlikely road trip that changes their lives More
 
 
Breath, Tim Winton, (Penguin Group Australia)buy_from_fishpond
When paramedic Bruce Pike arrives too late to save a boy found hanged in his bedroom he senses immediately that this lonely death is an accident. Pike knows the difference between suicide and misadventure. He understands only too well the forces that can propel a kid toward oblivion. Not just because he's an ambulanceman but because of the life he's lived, the boy he once was, addicted to extremes, flirting with death, pushing every boundary in the struggle to be extraordinary, barely knowing where or how to stop. So begins a story about the damage you do to yourself More
 
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Past winners

The Spare Room | Carpentaria | The Garden Book | The Turning | Elizabeth Costello |
 

2008 The Spare Room by Helen Garner
2007 Carpentaria by Alexis Wright
2006 The Garden Book by Brian Castro
2005 The Turning by Tim Winton
2004 Elizabeth Costello by J.M. Coetzee

2003 Due Preparations For The Plague by Janette Turner Hospital
 
Due Preparations for the Plague | The Volcano | True History of the Kelly Gang | Drylands


2002 The Volcano by Venero Armanno
2001 True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey
2000 Drylands by Thea Astley
1999 Freddy Neptune by Les Murray

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2008 Poetry Collection - Arts Queensland Judith Wright Calanthe Award

Typewriter Music | Event | Bark | The Australian Popular Songbook

Winner: Typewriter Music, by David Maloufbuy_from_fishpond

A brilliant collection of poems beginning with a memory of new love and ending in the intimate territory of the long-familiar where there is no need for words. Steps lightly among the objects of our lives and the wonder of everyday repleshments. More

Event, Judith Bishop, Salt Publishing/Inbooks)buy_from_fishpond
"Event," the first book by Australian poet Judith Bishop, is the work of a border-crosser. Emotionally intense, formally inventive and musical, with influences ranging from Ted Hughes and Elizabeth Bishop to Yves Bonnefoy, these poems have won prestigious awards in Australia and the U.S. and feature in "The Best Australian Poetry 2006" (U.Q.P) and "The Best Australian Poems 2006" (Black Inc.). More
 
Bark, Anthony Lawrence , (University of Queensland Press)buy_from_fishpond
Exploring the Australian landscape, Anthony Lawrence's 12th collection of poetry seizes the harshness of rural existence without overlooking the minute, beautiful details of the surrounding world. Filled with a rich lyrical vein, the poems meditate on all aspects of life from native birds and fish to deeply moving personal reflections of family life. Alternating between formality and free verse, this collection reveals an imagination fascinated with figurative language and the creation of poetry. More
 
 
The Australian Popular Songbook, Alan Wearne (Giramondo Publishing
 
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Past Winners

Typewriter Music | The Passenger | The Passenger | Ship | Wolf Notes

2008 Typewriter Music, by David Malouf
2007 The Passenger by Dr Laurie Duggan
2006 The New Arcadia by John Kinsella
2005 The Ship by Sarah Day
2004 Wolf Notes by Judith Beveridge

Children's Book - Mary Ryan's Award

The Peasant Prince | Jessica's Box | Collecting Colour | The Crow and the Waterhole | The Worry Tree

Winner: The Peasant Prince, Li Cunxin and Anne Spudvilas, (Penguin Group Australia)buy_from_fishpond

Adaptation of the well known story of ballet dancer Li Cunxin, who is plucked from a poor village in China to study ballet at the Chinese National Ballet Academy and goes on to become a world renowned ballet star

Jessica's Box,, Peter Carnavas, (New Frontier Publishing)buy_from_fishpond
This is a fabulous first book by a new author. Peter has portrayed with depth the trauma of a child's first day at school and written a witty and warm book about finding new friends. This book will capture the heart of every child and parent.
 
Collecting Colour, Kylie Dunstan, (Lothian Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Livre Australia)
 
Crow and The Waterhole, Ambelin Kwaymullina, (Fremantle Press)
The Worry Tree, Marianne Musgrove (Random House)

 

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Past Winners Children's Book Award - Mary Ryan's Award

The Peasant Prince | Layla, Queen of Hearts (Kingdom of Silk) | The Slightly Bruised Glory of Cedar B. Hartley: (Who Can't Help Flying High and Falling in Deep) | Camel Rider | Dragonkeeper

2008 The Peasant Prince by Li Cunxin and Anne Spudvilas
2007 Layla Queen of Hearts by Glenda Millard
2006 The Slightly Bruised Glory of Cedar B. Hartley (who can't help flying high and falling in deep) by Marine Murray
2005 Camel Rider by Prue Mason
2004 Dragonkeeper by Carole Wilkinson

Rain May & Captain Daniel | Blat Magic | Fox | The Family Tree | Unseen!


2003 Rain May and Captain Daniel by Catherine Bateson
2002 Blat Magic by Michael Stephens
2001 Fox by Margaret Wild and Ron Brooks
2000 The Family Tree by Jane Godwin
1999 Unseen by Paul Jennings

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Young Adult Book Award

Requiem for a Beast | Marty's Shadow | The Push | Town | At Seventeen

Winner: Requiem for a Beast Author: Matt Ottleybuy_from_fishpond

Interweaving stories and time zones contrast the stark realities of the contemporary outback environment with the brutal behaviour of previous generations of non-Indigenous people in their dealings with Indigenous people in cattle country. Ottley manages to convey both physical violence and subtle emotional resonance here, in a story which 'pulls no punches' but does not overtly preach. It's a work that will move the reader/listener to tears. This story is about an unnamed boy, and his battle with himself. He's failed his father's expectations, learned a secret which has caused him to doubt his father, and has also begun to question society's beliefs, suspecting that he must battle them, too. The beast the boy eventually pursues is a metaphor for both the boy's inner feelings, and the wider conflict explored here, between man's baser nature and his capacity for humane actions.

Eds note: This is a fabulous work combining a powerful narrative and striking graphics. The music CD which accompanies the book composed by Matt is exquisite- Kevin Parker Site Publisher (aka Book Award Tragic)

Other 2008 shortlisted

Marty's Shadow, John Heffernan, (Omnibus Books)
The Push, Julia Lawrinson, (Penguin Group Australia)
Town, James Roy, (University of Queensland Press)
At Seventeen, Celeste Walters, (University of Queensland Press)

Past Winners

One Whole and Perfect Day | The Red Shoe |Secret Scribbled Notebooks | /How_to_Make_a_Bird/index.html | Boys of Blood and Bone | When Dogs Cry: Cba Honour Book 2002 Older Readers

2008 Requiem for a Beast by Matt Ottley
2007 One Whole and Perfect Day by Judith Clarke
2006 The Red Shoe by Ursula Dubosarsky
2005 Secret Scribbled Notebooks by Joanne Horniman
2004 How to Make a Bird by Martine Murray
2003 Boys of Blood and Bone by David Metzenthen
2002 When Dogs Cry by Markus Zusak

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Unpublished Indigenous Writer - The David Unaipon Award

Winner: - Every Secret Thing, Marie Munkara
- 10 Hail Mary's, Kate Howarth
- White Elephant, Jeanine Leane
Past Winners:
2008 Every Secret Thing by Marie Munkara
2007 Skin Paintings by Elizabeth Eileen Hodgson
2006 Me,Antman and Fleabag by Gayle Kennedy
2005 Anonymous Premonition by Yvette Holt
2004 Dust on Waterglass by Tara June Winch

2008 Science Writer Award

Why is Uranus Upside Down?: And Other Questions About the Universe | Hail Caesar | The Rise of Animals: Evolution and Diversification of the Kingdom Animalia

Winner: Why is Uranus Upside Down? And other questions about the Universe, Professor Fred Watsonbuy_from_fishpond
(Allen & Unwin)

Have you ever wondered what dark matter is or why galaxies collide? Or why the Moon is gradually drifting away from Earth? Space is really, really big, as Douglas Adams once pointed out, and there is no better guide to it than Fred Watson, astronomer to the stars. Fred Watson has taken the many, many questions that have been asked by listeners of his popular, long-running radio shows, and answered them in Why is Uranus Upside Down? How can you identify the constellations? Does the Earth wobble? Could you dump nuclear waste into the Sun? What makes planets round? Where's the nearest black hole? Are there other universes? Can we ever know everything? This highly entertaining and informative introduction to our planet and the Universe we live in is a must-read for enquiring minds of all ages.

The Rise of Animals: Evolution and Diversification of the Kingdom Animalia, Dr Patricia Vickers-Rich, Mikhal A.buy_from_fishpond
Among the major events in evolutionary history, few rival in importance the appearance of animals. The Rise of Animals -- a significant reference providing a comprehensive synthesis of the early radiation of the animal kingdom -- fully captures this moment in geologic time. More
 
Hail Caesar, Professor Caroline de Costa (Boolarong Press)
Applying the paradox of prevention: Eradicate HIV, Bill Bowtell, (Griffith Review)
 
Cool Scientist, Stephen Luntz, (Control Publications)
 

Past Winners

2008 Why is Uranus Upside Down? And other questions about the Universe by Professor Fred Watson
2007 Crude by Dr Richard Smith
2006 Good Health in the 21st Century by Dr Carole Hungerford
2005 Stem Cells by Elizabeth Finkel
2004 Genius of Junk by Sonya Pemberton

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2008 History Book - Faculty of Arts, University of Queensland Award

Drawing the Global Colour Line: White Men's Countries and the International Challenge of Racial Equality | Van Diemen's Land: A History | Big White Lie: Chinese Australians in White Australia | Vietnam: The Australian War | An Exacting Heart: The Story of Hephzibah Menuhin

Winner: Drawing the Global Colour Line, Professor Marilyn Lake and Professor Henry Reynolds, (Melbourne Universitybuy_from_fishpond Publishing)
This is a pioneering account of the transnation production of whiteness in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. A work remarkable for both its international breadth and for its sensitivity to a local particularity, it is a model for the new global history. A powerful and sobering history, incisively and elegantly told.
 
Van Diemen's Land, James Boyce, (Black Inc)buy_from_fishpond
Van Diemen's Land is a new, groundbreaking history of the settlement of Tasmania. James Boyce's book is filled with new facts and new ideas about one of the most dramatic episodes in the history of British colonialism. Combining environmental insights with an unrivalled grasp of the politics of the frontier, it will change the way scholars and the general public alike view Australian colonial history. More
 
Big White Lie: Chinese Australians in White Australia, Professor John Fitzgerald, (University of New South Wales Press Limited)buy_from_fishpond
Much has been written about the White Australia Policy, but very little has been written about it from a Chinese perspective. "Big White Lie" shifts our understanding of the White Australia Policy - and indeed White Australia - by exploring what Chinese Australians were saying and doing at a time when they were officially excluded."Big White Lie" pays close attention to Chinese migration patterns, debates, social organisations, and their business and religious lives. It shows that they had every right to be counted as Australians, even in White Australia. More
 
Vietnam The Australian War, Paul Ham, (HarperCollins Publishers Australia)
buy_from_fishpondThis extraordinary, sweeping account draws on hundreds of unpublished sources and interviews with soldiers, politicians, medical practitioners, aid providers, entertainers and the Vietnamese people to reconstruct the epic history of a campaign that disfigured a country and divided the world, nations, families and friends. More
 
An Exacting Heart, Jacqueline Kent, (Penguin Group)

buy_from_fishpondAmerican born and European educated Hephzibah Menuhin, a concert pianist esteemed by audiences internationally,married Australian Lindsay Nicholas, heir to the Aspro fortune, at the tender age of eighteen. The newlyweds took up residence at Lindsay's Victorian sheep property in 1938. They managed through the war, contributing to the community and raising their sons. During this period Hephzibah managed to keep her career alive and balanced this with meetingthe needs of her young family, her marriage in the context of 1940sand 50s Australia; and her relationships, both personal and professional. More

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Past Winners

Drawing the Global Colour Line: White Men's Countries and the International Challenge of Racial Equality | Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947 | Arthur Tange: The Last of the Mandarins | The Sounds of Slavery: Discovering African American History Through Songs, Sermons, and Speech | Dancing with Strangers | Mussolini | Gallipoli

2008 Drawing the Global Colour Line by Professor Marilyn Lake and Professor Henry Reynold
2007 Iron Kingdom by Christopher Clark
2006 Arthur Tange: The Last of the Mandarins by Peter Edwards
2005 The Sounds of Slavery: Discovering African History Through Songs, Sermons and Speech by Shane White and Graham White
2004 Dancing with Strangers by Inga Clendinnen
2003 Mussolini by Professor Richard Bosworth
2002 Gallipoli by Les Carlyon
2001 The Colonial Earth by Tim Bonyhady
2000 John Curtin: A Life by David Day
1999 The Sky Travellers by Bil Gammag

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2008 Australian Short Story - Arts Queensland Steele Rudd Award

Winner: Someone Else, John Hughes (Giramondo Publishing)
 
Camera Obscura Kathryn Lomer, (University of Queensland Press)
'Redfin', Anthony Lynch, (ARCADIA)
The End of the World, Paddy O'Reilly, (University of Queensland Press)

Past Winners:

2008 Someone Else by John Hughes
2007 Every Move you Make by David Malouf
2006 A Funny Things Happened at 27 000 Feet... by Craig Cormick
2005 Vincenzo's Garden by John Clanchy
2004 Mahjar by Eva Sallis

2008 Literary or Media Work Advancing Public Debate - The Harry Williams Award

Winner: 'In My Shoes', Quentin McDermott and Steve Taylor, (Four Corners, The ABC)

People Like Us, Waleed Aly, (Pan Macmillan Australia)
John Winston Howard, Wayne Errington and Peter van Onselen, (Melbourne University Publishing)
No Jail for Rape of Girl, 10, Tony Koch (The Australian)
Quarterly Essay Issue 27: 'Reaction Time', Emeritus Professor Ian Lowe
(Quarterly Essay)

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Past Winners:

2008 In My Shoes by Quentin McDermott and Steve Taylor
2007 Jonestown by Chris Masters
2006 Asbestos House by Gideon Haigh
2005 Sickness in the System by Hedley Thomas
2004 The History Wars by Stuart Macintyre and Anna Clark
2003 Dark Victory by David Marr and Marian Wilkinson
2002 In Denial: The Stolen Generations and the Right by Robert Manne
2001 Reconciliation: A Journey by Michael Gordon
and Borderline: Australia's Treatment of Refugees and Asylum Seekers by Peter Mares and Dossier Inside the ABC by David Fagan and Dossier Team
2000 Why Weren't We Told by Henry Reynolds
1999 The Moment the Laughter Died by Tony Koch

Film Script - Pacific Film & Television Commission Award

Winner: ' Prime Mover', David Caesar, (Porchlight Films)

'Elise', James Bogle, (Film 2 Opportunity)
 
' The Square', Joel Edgerton and Matthew Dabner, (Film Depot)
'Punishment', Danny Matier, (Glover Productions)

Past Winners:

2008 Prime Mover by David Caesar
2007 Lake Mungo by Joel Anderson
2006 Ten Canoes by Rolf de Heer
2005 Little Fish by Jacquelin Perske
2004 Look Both Ways by Sarah Watt
2003 Japanese Story by Alison Tilson
2002 The Tracker by Rolf de Heer
2001 Rabbit-proof Fence by Christine Olsen
2000 Praise by Andrew McGahan
1999 Two Hands by Gregor Jordan

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2008 Drama Script (Stage) Award

Winner: ' When the Rain Stops Falling', Andrew Bovell, (Scott Theatre)
' Ruben Guthrie', Brendan Cowell, (Company B)
'Toy Symphony', Michael Gow, (Belvoir Street Theatre - B Sharp)
'The Serpent's Teeth', Daniel Keene, (Sydney Theatre Company)
The Seed, Kate Mulvany, (Belvoir Street Theatre - B Sharp)
Past Winners:

2008 When the Rain Stops Falling by Andrew Bovell
2007 Embers by Campion Decent
2006 Mrs Petrov's Shoe by Noelle Janaczewska
2005 Black Hands/Dead Section by Van Badham
2004 Run Rabbit Run by Alana Valentine
2003 Last Cab to Darwin by Reg Cribb
2002 Old Masters by Beatrix Christian
2001 Meat Party by Duong Le Quy
2000 Box the Pony by Leah Purcell and Scott Rankin
1999 Who's Afraid of the Working Class by Andrew Bovell, Melissa Reeves, Patricia Cornelius and Christos Tsiolkas

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Television Script - QUT Creative Industries Award

Winner: 'Underbelly, Episode 7- Wise Monkeys' Felicity Packard, (Screentime)
 
'Bed of Roses', Jutta Goetze and Elizabeth Coleman
(Ruby/Southern Star Ent. Pty. Ltd)
 
'Stupid, Stupid Man, Episode 9 - The Black Dog', Timothy Pye, (Jigsaw Entertainment
Past Winners:
 
2008 Underbelly, Episode 7 Wise Monkeys by Felicity Packard
2007 Bastard Boys by Sue Smith
2006 Unfolding Florence by Katherine Thomson
2005 RAN: Remote Area Nurse - Episode 5 - Blue Hawaii by Sue Smith
2004 The Cooks - Ep 12. Series 1 - Honey and Wounds by Blake Ayshford)

2008 Emerging Queensland Author - Manuscript Award

Winner: - Omega Park, Amy Vought Barker

- None of the Other Flies Follow My Crooked Lines, Simon Groth
- Side Close Side; Stories of Love, Krissy Kneen
- Learning how to Breathe, Linda Neil
 

Past Winners:

2008 Omega Parkby Amy Barker
2007 Life in the Bus Lane by Ian Commins
2006 The Anatomy of Wings by Karen Foxlee
2005 The Long Road of the Junkmailer by Patrick Holland
2004 An Accidental Terrorist by Steven Lang
2003 The Kingdom Where Nobody Dies by Kimberley Starr
2002 The Lambing Flat by Nerida Newton
2001 Mama Kuma: One Woman, Two Cultures by Deborah Carlyon
2000 The Bone Flute by Nicole Bourke
1999 Shoelaces by Jillian Watkinson

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