Novelist, poet, editor and critic James Bradley is the winner of the 2012 Geraldine Pascall Prize for Critical Writing. Judged this year by previous winners Geordie Williamson and Alison Croggon, the prize aims to ‘reward a critic or reviewer whose work changes the perceptions of Australians, opens their eyes to a different perspective of their culture, develops a new interest in the subject and is both imaginative and creative’.
The judges stated that Bradley’s writing has ‘served as a bridge between traditional reading communities and new online readerships ... Beyond his keen, insightful and always entertaining reviews there is a sense of larger cultural phenomena being addressed. His reviews are postings from the frontline of a revolution.’ The judging panel also commented that Bradley was chosen for ‘practicing what he preaches’ and for being ‘a true practitionercritic’.