Be the first to hear from some of the just-announced winners of the 2018 New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards, including Kim Scott, Bram Presser and Roanna Gonsalves in conversation with senior judge Suzanne Leal. They’ll discuss the impact that awards can have on a writer’s career, and what it feels like to follow in the footsteps of previous winners such as Michelle de Kretser, David Malouf and Helen Garner. Selected from 600 nominees, this year’s winners reflect the best in new Australian literature across a variety of genres.
Bram Presser (Australian)
Semi-reformed punk rocker, recovering academic, occasional criminal lawyer and one-time cartoon character, Bram Presser was born in Melbourne in 1976. He writes the blog Bait For Bookworms and is a founding member of Melbourne Jewish Book Week. His stories have appeared in Vice Magazine, The Sleepers Almanac, Best Australian Stories, Award Winning Australian Writing and Higher Arc. In 2011, Bram won The Age Short Story Award. His first novel, The Book of Dirt, was published in September 2017.
Roanna Gonsalves (Australian)
Roanna Gonsalves is the author of The Permanent Resident, an acclaimed collection of fiction that is on several lists of must-read Australian books and is being studied at a number of universities. Roanna has been called 'a bold Australian voice' who 'writes like a minx, full of mischief'. She is a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award, and is co-founder co-editor of Southern Crossings. She has a PhD from UNSW and is a highly experienced workshop facilitator.
Kim Scott (Australian)
Kim Scott grew up on the south coast of Western Australia. He is proud to be one among those who call themselves Noongar. His second novel, Benang: From the Heart, won the 1999 Western Australian Premier's Book Award, the 2000 Miles Franklin Literary Award and the 2001 Kate Challis RAKA Award. His third novel, That Deadman Dance, also won the Miles Franklin Literary Award in 2011, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Western Australian Premier's Book Award. His most recent book is Taboo. Kim is currently Professor of Writing at the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts, Curtin University.
Suzanne Leal (Australian)
Suzanne Leal is the author of novels The Teacher’s Secret and Border Street. A lawyer experienced in child protection, criminal law and refugee law, Suzanne is the senior judge for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and a former judge of ‘The Nib’ Waverley Library Award for Literature. She has been a legal commentator on ABC radio and is a regular interviewer at literary events and festivals.