Congratulations to Australian author Helen Garner who has won a US $150,000 Windham-Campbell Prize for her outstanding contribution to world literature. The nine award winners were announced in a ceremony at Yale University, USA earlier this week, and covered fiction, nonfiction and drama.
In awarding the prize the judges said: “Helen Garner brings acute observations and narrative skill to bear on the conflicts and tragedies of contemporary Australian life.”
Her response was, “To be awarded a Windham-Campbell Prize for nonfiction validates in the most marvellously generous way the formal struggles that I’ve been engaged in over the past twenty years. It gives me the heart to keep going.” You can read more about the award here.
Garner’s new nonfiction collection, Everywhere I Look, will be released with Text Publishing on 29 March. It spans fifteen years of her work. The publisher’s description of the book reads, Everywhere I Look is a book full of unexpected moments, sudden shafts of light, piercing intuition, flashes of anger and incidental humour. It takes us from backstage at the ballet to the trial of a woman for the murder of her newborn baby. It moves effortlessly from the significance of moving house to the pleasure of re-reading Pride and Prejudice.