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Winners

2018 winner y separately published work icon Blindness and Rage : A Phantasmagoria : A Novel in Thirty-four Cantos Brian Castro , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2017 10868663 2017 single work novel

'Suffering from a fatal disease, Lucien Gracq travels to Paris to complete the epic poem he is writing and live out his last days. There he joins a secret writers’ society, Le club des fugitifs, that guarantees to publish the work of its members anonymously, thus relieving them of the burdens of life, and more importantly, the disappointments of authorship. In Paris, Gracq finds himself crossing paths with a parade of phantasms, illustrious writers from the previous century – masters of identity, connoisseurs of eroticism, theorists of game and rule, émigrés and Oulipeans. He flees from the deathly allure of the Fugitives, and towards the arms of his beloved – but it may be too late.

'Written in thirty-four cantos, Blindness & Rage recalls Virgil and Dante in its descent into the underworld of writing, and Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin with its mixture of wonder and melancholy. The short lines bring out the rhythmic qualities of Castro’s prose, enhance his playfulness and love of puns, his use of allusion and metaphor. Always an innovator, in Blindness & Rage he again throws down a challenge to the limits of the novel form.' (Publication summary)

2017 winner y separately published work icon Headwaters Anthony Lawrence , World Square : Pitt Street Poetry , 2016 9486641 2016 selected work poetry (taught in 1 units)
2016 winner y separately published work icon The Hazards Sarah Holland-Batt , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2015 8360380 2015 selected work poetry

'Spanning poems written in the United States, Central America, Europe and Australia, The Hazards is a dazzling and inventive new collection from award-winning poet Sarah Holland-Batt. Opening with a vision of a leveret's agonizing death by Myxomatosis and closing with a lover disappearing into dangerous waters, Holland-Batt reflects a predatory world rife with hazards both real and imagined. Her cosmopolitan poems careen through diverse geographical territory - from haunted post-colonial landscapes in Australia to brutal animal hierarchies in the cloud forests of Nicaragua, the still Danish interiors of Hammershoi and the serial killer stalking Long Island Sound - and engage everywhere with questions of violence and loss, erasure and extinction. Charged with Holland-Batt's mercurial imagination and swift lyricism, this unsettling and darkly intelligent collection inhabits an uncertain world with a questioning eye and clear mind, unafraid to veer 'straight into turbulence'.' (Publication summary)

2015 winner y separately published work icon Poems 1957 - 2013 Geoffrey Lehmann , Crawley : UWA Publishing , 2014 7248812 2014 selected work poetry

'Geoffrey Lehmann’s distinguished career as a poet culminates in this volume of collected work from 1957–2013. Displaying the breadth and depth of his poetry, Lehmann explores human nature in settings as diverse as ancient Rome and rural New South Wales, from searing satire to the domestic life of a family.' (Publisher's Blurb)

2014 winner y separately published work icon Drag Down to Unlock or Place an Emergency Call Melinda Smith , World Square : Pitt Street Poetry , 2014 7185490 2014 selected work poetry

'Melinda Smith writes with exuberance and verve in a variety of forms, old and new. She is personal, opinionated,quirky, and you never know what a poem of hers will do. It is like some firework of unknown make and provenance, spluttering into incandescent life with more than a hint of danger. Wide-eyed surprise is her metier and unsurprisingly she is often to be found in the dashing pages of Quadrant where Les Murray has encouraged just such qualities for many years. (Publication summary)

2013 winner y separately published work icon Jam Tree Gully : Poems John Kinsella , New York (City) : W. W. Norton , 2012 Z1823469 2012 selected work poetry (taught in 1 units) 'In this daring new collection, Australia's preeminent environmental poet confronts the legacy of Thoreau's Walden. With Walden as his inspiration, John Kinsella moved with his family back to rural Australia, where he wrote the poems in this original collection exploring the nature of our responsibility and connection to the land.' (Publisher's blurb)
2012 winner y separately published work icon Interferon Psalms : 33 Psalms on the 99 Names of God Luke Davies , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2011 Z1795241 2011 selected work poetry
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