• arts & culture

6 December 2018

Congratulations to Victorian literary talents Gerald Murnane and Glenda Millard who have been recognised at this year’s Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.

Border Districts

Border Districts, Gerald Murnane

Murnane’s Border Districts won the top prize in the fiction category, receiving $80,000 and significant acclaim from the judging panel, which described it as “the crowning achievement of a singular literary career.”

It has been a big year for Murnane with Border Districts shortlisted for the 2018 Miles Franklin award, and the release of a short story collection.

Castlemaine-born-and-bred children’s book author Glenda Millard won the award for Children’s literature for Pea Pod Lullaby. Illustrated by Stephen Michael King, the book, which explores themes of courage and resilience, was hailed by the judges as a “seamless collaboration between words and image”.

The 2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards prize pool totals $600,000 and recognises fiction, non-fiction, Australian history, young adult and children’s titles.

All finalists also received a $5,000 prize, congratulations to the other Victorians on the shortlist:

  • Peter Carey – A Long Way From Home
  • Professor Sheila Fitzpatrick – Mischka's War
  • Stuart Kells – The Library
  • Judith Brett – The Enigmatic Mr Deakin
  • Demet Divaroren – Living on Hope Street
  • Zana Fraillon – The One that Disappeared

More information about the awards