2012 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards

The highly anticipated NSW Premier’s Literary Awards for 2012 have been announced. The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards honour distinguished writers who contribute to the ‘artistic reputation of Australia’ and promote the importance of literacy.

The Book of the Year was awarded to Kim Scott for That Deadman Dance. Scott won the 2011 Miles Franklin Literary Award for That Deadman Dance, and beat this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award winner Anna Funder with her novel, All That I Am, which was also shortlisted for Book of the Year.

Other award winners in the NSW Premier’s Literary Award categories are:

Douglas Stewart Prize for Nonfiction ($40,000): An Eye for Eternity: The Life of Manning Clark by Mark McKenna

Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry ($30,000): New and Selected Poems by Gig Ryan

Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature ($30,000): Only Ever Always by Penni Russon

Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature ($30,000): Crow Country by Kate Constable

Community Relations Commission Award ($20,000): Good Living Street: The Fortunes of My Viennese Family by Tim Bonyhady

UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing ($5000): The Roving Party by Rohan Wilson

People’s Choice Award: Five Bells by Gail Jones

The winners of the book-related categories of the NSW Premier’s History Awards are:

Australian History Prize ($15,000): Indifferent Inclusion: Aboriginal People and the Australian Nation by Russell McGregor

General History Prize ($15,000): Good Living Street: The Fortunes of My Viennese Family by Tim Bonyhady

NSW Community and Regional History Prize ($15,000): Set in Stone: A History of the Cell Block Theatre by Deborah Beck

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Young People’s History Prize ($15,000): Amazing Grace: An Adventure at Sea by Stephanie Owen Reeder

The full list of titles nominated for the award can be seen here

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