1 December 2017
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE
Senator the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP
Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield
Minister for the Arts
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Minister for the Arts Mitch Fifield today announced the winners of the 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.
Winners across six categories were selected from a strong shortlist of 30 works from an impressive group of Australian authors. The awards were presented today at a ceremony at Parliament House, Canberra.
The winning and shortlisted authors epitomise the strength and vitality of Australia’s literary talents and we congratulate them on this achievement.
A group of 15 judges across three expert panels made recommendations to the Prime Minister on the shortlists and winners from over 450 entries.
The winners are:
Their Brilliant Careers, Ryan O’Neill
Headwaters, Anthony Lawrence
Quicksilver, Nicolas Rothwell
Atomic Thunder: The Maralinga story, Elizabeth Tynan
Words in Deep Blue, Cath Crowley
CHILDREN’S – JOINT WINNERS
Dragonfly Song, Wendy Orr, and
Home in the Rain, Bob Graham
In their 10th year, the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards demonstrate the Government’s continued support for the literary arts. There have been more than 4,000 entries over the past ten years and $4,750,000 in prize money has been awarded.
For more information about the winning books, authors and judges visit www.arts.gov.au/pmla
Prime Minister’s office: Press Office, (02) 6277 7744
Arts Minister’s office: Geraldine Mitchell, 0407 280 476