The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards honour both new and familiar writers, and the novels, poems, biographies, histories, plays and screenplays that have delighted readers of all ages since 1979.
The winners of the 2009 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and Translation Prize are:
Special Award ($20,000)
The Special Award is awarded either to a work not covered by the existing categories, or in recognition of a writer’s achievements. This year the judges nominated Ms Katharine Brisbane AM for her service to Australian literature and theatre.
Kenneth Slessor Prize for poetry ($30,000)
L K Holt, Man Wolf Man, John Leonard Press
Script Writing Award ($30,000)
Louis Nowra, Rachel Perkins & Beck Cole, First Australians, Blackfella Films, SBS
Play Award ($30,000)
Daniel Keene, The Serpent’s Teeth, Sydney Theatre Company, Currency Press Pty Ltd
The Biennial NSW Premier’s Translation Prize and PEN Trophy ($30,000)
David Colmer for his translations from the Dutch.
The 50 shortlisted works – selected from more than 640 nominations —
are featured here, and I invite you to discover a world of refreshing, confronting and inspirational reading.
The Premier’s Literary Awards have so far acclaimed more than 300 writers, providing encouragement, sponsorship, peer praise and financial sustenance to Australia’s most promising and most respected authors.