Miles Franklin Award 2012 Longlist

Miles Franklin Award 2012 Longlist has been announced recently. Since the the first winner, Patrick White, for his book Voss in 1957, the prize has been awarded to novels describing life in suburbia, compulsive gamblers, Australians abroad – but always true to the terms of Miles Franklin’s will: ‘[the] prize shall be awarded for the novel for the year which is of the highest literary merit and which must present Australian life in any of its phases …’. The award also causes confusion and attracts criticism.

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Literacy reading group discussion notes for March

The Literacy Reading group met on the 15th March. The theme for the month was “Think” and the article read was Charles Teo’s Australia Day address in which he claims that racism is very much alive. The Australia Day address can be found here http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/australia-day-2012-address-full-speech-20120123-1qdh9.html  Continue reading