June 19, 2017

Love, death, power and ego make the Miles Franklin shortlist

60 years ago, author Miles Franklin had a vision: to advance and better Australian literature. As the shortlist for the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award is revealed, it’s fair to say Miles herself would be delighted to see five first-time nominees, each with their own distinct voice and writing style, recognised in the Award’s jubilee […]

May 2, 2017

In 60th year, an epic 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award longlist revealed

  Sixty years since Patrick White was awarded £500 and proclaimed: “I am going to buy a hi-fi set and a kitchen stove,” after winning the inaugural Miles Franklin Literary Award, the longlist for 2017’s iteration was today announced by Perpetual. As trustee of the Award, one of Australia’s most prestigious literary prizes, Perpetual announced […]

September 9, 2016

Literature under threat if copyright changes are adopted

On the day of the announcement of the Miles Franklin Award (26 August), author Anna Funder wrote in The Age, “Even as a child I knew that the books that got the gold sticker tapped into something profound about humanity and about this country. When my book All That I Am won in 2012, though I was far […]

Kim Williams

August 26, 2016

Keeping the focus on ‘Brilliant Careers’

Melbourne Writers’ Festival 2016 Opening Night Speech by Kim Williams on the Miles Franklin Award What does it take to produce a superb work of literature? Talent, intelligence and the perseverance of an explorer, perhaps even a fictitious one such as Johann Ulrich Voss. A writer needs patience, time and a quiet place to encounter an […]

August 26, 2016

A. S. Patrić wins the 2016 Miles Franklin Award

Author A. S. Patrić has won the prestigious 2016 Miles Franklin Literary Award for his debut novel, Black Rock White City. The award, announced at the opening night of the Melbourne Writers Festival tonight, has delivered Mr Patrić $60,000 in prize money from the Miles Franklin Trust, managed by Perpetual. As one of the five […]

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Image Credit: © Selected artists Samson Young, The Coffee Cantata (Institute of Fictional Ethnomusicology) (detail), 2015, performance in collaboration with Michael Schiefel and Priman Lee. Image courtesy of the artist.

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