Delia Falconer is the winner of The Nib: CAL Waverley Library Literary Award for 2011. The award, recognising excellence in research in the creation of Australian writing, is this year celebrating its tenth anniversary and attracted 155 nominations.
Waverley Mayor John Wakefield announced the winner on 23 November, saying that Falconer’s prose title Sydney is an ‘intensely atmospheric memoir of a fickle, ever-changing city’. Wakefield also commented that literary awards ‘often have a way of going to our male writers. I am especially pleased that in this milestone year of The Nib, not only are 4 of the shortlisted authors female, but the overall winner has written a most eloquent insight into our hometown, Sydney’.
Further information on The Nib can be found on the Waverley Library’s website. Links from the site include the text of an address given by the 2010 Nib winner, Andrew Tink. Coincidentally, Tink's second book, to be published in early December, is a biography of Lord Sydney, the British cabinet minister who recommended the transportation of convicts to Botany Bay.