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History

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Winners

1998 winner y separately published work icon Kathleen O'Connor : Artist in Exile Julie Lewis , P. A. E. Hutchings , Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 1987 Z844164 1987 single work biography

Biography of painter Kathleen O'Connor, who was born in New Zealand, trained in Perth, Western Australia, and lived for much of her life in France.

1990 joint winner (Non-Fiction Prose) y separately published work icon Emma : A Translated Life Emma Ciccotosto , Michal Bosworth , Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 1990 Z422185 1990 single work autobiography
1990 winner (Prose Fiction) y separately published work icon The Same Light Vasso Kalamaras , ( trans. Vasso Kalamaras et. al.agent )expression Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 1989 Z238257 1989 selected work short story poetry
1990 winner (Poetry) y separately published work icon Beach Plastic : Poems Caroline Caddy , Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 1989 Z477915 1989 selected work poetry
1989 winner (Prose Fiction) y separately published work icon Not Being Miriam Marion Campbell , Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 1988 Z477827 1988 single work novel
1989 winner (Poetry) y separately published work icon Dalwurra : The Black Bittern : A Poem Cycle Colin Johnson , Veronica Brady (editor), Karin Hearn (illustrator), Perth : University of Western Australia. Centre for Studies in Australian Literature , 1988 Z210544 1988 selected work poetry
1988 winner (Prose Fiction) y separately published work icon Minimum of Two Tim Winton , Fitzroy : McPhee Gribble , 1987 Z413769 1987 selected work short story Tim Winton's characters are ordinary people who battle to maintain loyalty against all odds; women, children, men whose relationships strain under pressure and leave them bewildered, hoping, sometimes fleeing, but often finding strength in forgotten parts of themselves. (Source: LibrariesAustralia)
1988 winner (Poetry) y separately published work icon Sky Poems Philip Salom , Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 1987 Z400365 1987 selected work poetry
1988 winner (Non-Fiction Prose) y separately published work icon My Place Sally Morgan , Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 1987 Z384564 1987 single work autobiography (taught in 30 units)

'In 1982, Sally Morgan travelled back to her grandmother's birthplace. What started as a tentative search for information about her family, turned into an overwhelming emotional and spiritual pilgrimage. My Place is a moving account of a search for truth into which a whole family is gradually drawn, finally freeing the tongues of the author's mother and grandmother, allowing them to tell their own stories.' Source: Publisher's blurb.

1987 winner (Poetry) y separately published work icon Dial Marina Lee Knowles , Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 1986 Z453435 1986 selected work poetry
1987 winner (Prose Fiction) y separately published work icon Sister Ships and Other Stories Joan London , Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 1986 Z32372 1986 selected work short story
1986 winner (Poetry) y separately published work icon A Marking of Fire : Poems Alec Choate , Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 1986 Z360737 1986 selected work poetry
1986 winner y separately published work icon The Color of the Sky : A Novel Peter Cowan , Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 1986 Z409510 1986 single work novel
1985 winner (Prose Fiction) y separately published work icon Shallows Tim Winton , Sydney : George Allen and Unwin , 1984 Z426264 1984 single work novel

'Tim Winton's first Miles Franklin-winner, Shallows revolves around the ruthless commerce of whaling, and Queenie Cookson, who joins the fight to end it.
'Whales have always been the life-force of Angelus, a small town on the south coast of Western Australia. Their annual passing defines the rhythms of a life where little changes, and the town depends on their carcasses. So when the battle begins on the beaches outside their town, and when Queenie Cookson, a local girl, joins the Greenies to make amends for the crimes of her whaling ancestors, it can only throw everything into chaos.' (Publication summary)

1985 winner (Prose Fiction) y separately published work icon Scission Tim Winton , Fitzroy Ringwood : McPhee Gribble Penguin , 1985 Z433304 1985 selected work short story Tim Winton's first collection of stories deals with men, women and children whose lives are coming apart and whose hearts are breaking. These spare, jagged stories, in which people struggle with change and disintegration, are vintage Winton. (Source: LibrariesAustralia)
1985 winner (Poetry) y separately published work icon Windfalls : Poems Andrew Lansdown , Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 1984 Z441897 1984 selected work poetry
1984 winner (Prose Fiction) y separately published work icon Stories From Suburban Road : An Autobiographical Collection, 1920-1939 T. A. G. Hungerford , Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 1983 Z429814 1983 selected work autobiography

'T.A.G. Hungerford's highly acclaimed, bestselling autobiographical short stories recount his childhood in semi-rural suburbia in the 1920s and 1930s. Bird-nesting and school days, crabbing and swimming in the Swan River, Chinese market gardens and the old corner store are all brought to life through the eyes of an inquisitive, adventurous boy.' (Publication summary : 2016 edition)

1984 winner (Poetry) y separately published work icon The Projectionist : A Sequence Philip Salom , Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 1983 Z480584 1983 selected work sequence poetry
1983 winner (Poetry) y separately published work icon Scarpdancer : Poems Alan Alexander , Ian Wroth (illustrator), Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 1982 Z325252 1982 selected work poetry
1983 winner (Prose Fiction) y separately published work icon Mr Scobie's Riddle Elizabeth Jolley , Ringwood : Penguin , 1983 Z183979 1983 single work novel

'Mr Scobie's arrival at the nursing home of St Christopher and St Jude - and descent into the clutches of Matron Hyacinth Price - is accidental. Adrift in his own memories but preserving a gentle politesse, Mr Scobie stands apart from the others.

'For long-term resident and eccentric, Miss Hailey, he represents a kindred spirit; for Matron Price - a lady of questionable practices - the latest victim.

'This bleakly comic investigation of old age, exile and displacement shows Elizabeth Jolley at her finest. It is written with wry humour, melancholy and great warmth.'

Source: Publisher's blurb (Modern Classics ed.).

1982 winner (Prose Fiction) y separately published work icon The Day of the Dog Archie Weller , North Sydney : George Allen and Unwin , 1981 Z539629 1981 single work novel

'The Day of the Dog tells the tragic story of Doug's few days of freedom. Set in urban Aboriginal Australia, the novel is a fast paced as it is gripping. Scenes of sudden, devastating brutality give way to peaceful, even lyrical interludes as Doug, his family and those close to him find temporary relief in friendship, love, alcohol or escape to the bush. But they are always drawn back into the ever-narrowing circle of crime, violence, and the inevitable destruction.' (Source: Publisher's website)

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