Gerald Murnane wins the Melbourne Prize for Literature, Nam Le wins Best Writing Award

Gerald_MURNANE_regular Melbourne writer Gerald Murnane was tonight named the winner of the 2009 Melbourne Prize for Literature. Murnane’s latest novel is Barley Patch but the $60,000 prize is in recognition of Murname’s entire body of published work.

And Nam Le followed up his win at the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards last week by winning the 2009 Best Writing Award for his book of short stories The Boat. The Best Writing Award is for a piece of published or produced work of outstanding clarity, originality and creativity by a Victorian writer, 40 years or under.

Congratulations to Gerald and Nam.

This year’s finalists will also be eligible for the $3000 Civic Choice Award 2009, supported by Readings and Hardie Grant Books. Cast your vote at www.melbourneprizetrust.org for a finalist to win the Civic Choice Award 2009. The recipient will be announced on our website on 27 November 2009.

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Barley Patch

Barley Patch

Gerald Murnane

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