Be among the first to hear from newly announced winners of the 2021 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Davina Bell (The End of the World is Bigger than Love), Dylan Van Den Berg (Milk) and Melina Marchetta (Looking for Alibrandi) in conversation with Senior Judge Jane McCredie about their works and the impact that awards can have on a writer’s career. Selected from 600 nominees, this year’s winners reflect the best in new Australian literature across a variety of genres.

Presented with the State Library of NSW.

Davina Bell (Australian)

Davina Bell

Davina Bell is a writer for young people of many ages, and a children’s book editor. Her award-winning and Notable picture books include All the Ways To Be Smart, All of the Factors of Why I Love Tractors, Under the Love Umbrella, The Underwater Fancy-dress Parade, Oh Albert! and Hattie Helps Out.

Dylan Van Den Berg (Australian)

Dylan Van Den Berg

Dylan Van Den Berg is a Palawa writer and dramaturg. His play Way Back When received the 2020 Griffin Award for new Australian writing, and was shortlisted for the Patrick White Playwrights Award. Other work includes Milk (The Street Theatre), The Camel (Fringe at the Edge), Why Am I A Fish? (Short+Sweet) and Blue: A Misery Play (The Street Theatre).

Melina Marchetta (Australian)

Melina Marchetta

Melina Marchetta is the writer of ten novels which includes the multi-award winning Looking For Alibrandi, Saving Francesca, and the 2009 Michael L Printz Award winner On the Jellicoe Road. In 2011, her novel The Piper’s Son was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award. She has also written a fantasy trilogy, The Lumatere Chronicles, as well as crime novel, Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil, which was released in 2016 to critical acclaim. Her latest work is The Place on Dalhousie and the children's series What Zola did on Monday. In 2020, the film adaptation of Looking For Alibrandi celebrated its 20th anniversary. It won the Australian Film Institute Award, an Independent Film Award for best screenplay, as well as the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award and the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award. Melina has also written for the award-winning TV series, Dance Academy. Melina has been translated into 18 languages and published in 20 countries.

Jane McCredie (Australian)

Jane McCredie

Jane McCredie is an award-winning journalist, writer and reviewer who has been widely published in Australia and internationally. A former book publisher, she is the CEO of Writing NSW and the Founder and Director of the Quantum Words Festival of writing about science. She is the author of Making Girls and Boys: Inside the science of sex and was co-editor of the 2013 anthology of The Best Australian Science Writing. Jane is the Senior Judge of the 2021 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.