Record-breaking year for indigenous writers
Tara June Winch has become the first Indigenous Australian to win both of Australia’s major writing prizes in a year, recently scooping the $80,000 fiction category for the 2020 Prime Minister’s Literary award after winning the $60,000 Miles Franklin in July.
Her winning novel, The Yield, took a decade to write. It tells the story of August Goondiwindi, who returns to her home country of Massacre Plains for her grandfather’s burial, only to discover that it’s set to be demolished by a mining company – and that her grandfather had been composing a dictionary of Wiradjuri language that could prove the Indigenous community’s claim to their own land.
This year’s awards included a record showing for Indigenous writers and writers of colour, and included Omar Sakr becoming the first Arab Australian Muslim poet to be shortlisted – and then to win – in the poetry category for his book The Lost Arabs. See the winners of the other categories.
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