Prime Minister’s Literary Awards

Border Districts

Six diverse titles have been recognised at the 2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards ceremony.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Minister for Communications and the Arts Mitch Fifield announced the winners at a ceremony at Parliament House today.

From over 500 entries to 30 shortlisted books, 6 titles were recognised as some of Australia’s greatest literature of the year. From this competitive group of entries, the judges selected a diverse and deserving list of finalists and identified outstanding winners.

The 2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards winners are:

  • FictionBorder Districts by Gerald Murnane
  • Australian HistoryJohn Curtin’s War: The coming of war in the Pacific, and, reinventing Australia, volume 1 by John Edwards
  • Young Adult LiteratureThis is My Song by Richard Yaxley
  • Children’s LiteraturePea Pod Lullaby by Glenda Millard and illustrated by Stephen Michael King
  • Poetry – Blindness and Rage: A Phantasmagoria by Brian Castro
  • Non-fictionAsia’s Reckoning: The struggle for global dominance by Richard McGregor

The Australian history and non-fiction books “reflect the diversity of Australia and tell our story in remarkable ways. The books really show Australia’s place in the world and place Australian history in a global context,” said Professor Lynette Russell, Chair of the Non-fiction and Australian History judging panel.

The children’s and young adults categories engage with “issues that profoundly affect humanity… there’s a  variety of ideas, of narrative techniques, of illustration techniques, which makes them very, very different, but all equally interesting,” said Margot Hillel, Chair of the Young Adult and Children’s Literature judging panel.

Now in its eleventh year, the Awards celebrate Australian literary excellence and recognise our talented authors, illustrators and historians.


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