I was sitting in the Latrobe Reading Room yesterday and got the vibe that prizes were in the offing when photographers snapped Alexis Wright and two other writers sitting on the desks in the row in front of me.
So if she gets in the paper with two other writers on a row of desks, I'm (hopefully invisibly)BEHIND THEM.
Decided to be an eminently sensible blogger and wait till today to write about it, though.
(Where's our picture, anyway?)
I know Perry will cover this too, but I thought this was a really good opportunity (a) to show I am not a pooper-blogscooper (b) complain about the photo, which of course could always turn up tomorrow...
Anyhow, here's the judges' report for the Vance Palmer Prize (also known as the Victorian Premier's Prize, collectively) for fiction: other prizewinners can be found here:
Alexis Wright, in Carpentaria, has created an epic centred on the town of Desperance, in the vast Gulf country of northwestern Queensland. Where lives are shaped and measured by the annual destructive cyclonic floods and the daily cleansing tides. At the novel’s heart is Norm Phantom, patriarch of his family and leader of the Pricklebush people.
Carpentaria demonstrates that Wright is an inventive writer of great reach. Indeed, it is almost audacious in its scope and ambition. In her marrying of the oral tradition with the written word Wright takes a bold stylistic risk, but it has paid off with a complicated net of stories coming vibrantly alive on the page. Wright has created a strong, confident and vivid voice with a healthy dose of sly humour.