Giramondo Publishing wins two awards at NSW Premier’s Literary Awards

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Two books published by Giramondo at Western Sydney University have been presented with NSW Premier's Literary Awards (opens in a new window), extending the publisher's impressive track record at the prestigious event.

Lisa Gorton was awarded the People's Choice Award for her novel The Life of Houses (opens in a new window), an exploration of the hidden tensions in one of Australia's establishment families.

Joanne Burns was awarded the prestigious Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry for Brush (opens in a new window), a collection which displays the poet's strengths as a satirist, and as a memorist of the places around Kings Cross that Slessor himself inhabited.

The Dean of Humanities and Communication Arts, Professor Peter Hutchings, has paid tribute to the authors and Giramondo Publishing.

"On behalf of the University I'd like to congratulate Lisa Gorton and Joanne Burns on this outstanding result," says Professor Hutchings. 

"This year Giramondo had four books shortlisted for this significant award, including Small Acts of Disappearance (opens in a new window) by PhD candidate Fiona Wright, and Ali Cobby Eckermann's Inside my Mother (opens in a new window)."

"To have two winning entries is a tribute to the quality of writing and thought leadership at Giramondo, our flagship publishing house within the University."

The awards come one year after Doctor of Creative Arts candidate Luke Carman was awarded the NSW Premier's Literary Award for New Fiction for his debut book An Elegant Young Man, based in Western Sydney.

About the winners:

Joanne Burns' collections include Footnotes of a Hammock, a joint-winner of the Judith Wright ACT Poetry Prize, An Illustrated History of Dairies, shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Poetry Award, and Amphora. Her poems are studied in high schools and have been produced for radio and theatre.

Lisa Gorton has a PhD on the poetry of John Donne from the University of Oxford. She is a poet and novelist, and regular contributor to the Sydney Review of Books. Her first poetry collection Press Release won the Victorian Premier's Award for Poetry; her second, Hotel Hyperion was awarded the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal.


17 May 2016

Mark Smith, Senior Media Officer