Australian Centre Literary Awards 2017
Australian Centre for the Moving Image
Federation Square, Melbourne 3000
T: 9035 5280
Join the Australian Centre and the Faculty of Arts in congratulating the winners of this year’s literary awards at the Melbourne Writers Festival. Prizes are awarded in the fields of life writing, poetry and best stage play by an Indigenous artist.
Hosted by Ken Gelder and Denise Varney, co-directors of the Australian Centre.
Kate Challis RAKA Award $20,000 (approx.) award for the best stage play by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
Peter Blazey Fellowship $15,000 (approx.) award to further a work in progress in biography, autobiography or life-writing.
Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize $12,000 (approx.) award for an Australian poet to travel to Ireland in 2018.
Wesley Michel Wright Prize $4,000 (approx.) award for poetry in English by an Australian poet.
This event is supported by the Melbourne Writers Festival.
Professor Ken Gelder, Director
Professor Ken Gelder
Ken Gelder is Professor of English and codirector of the Australian Centre at the University of Melbourne. His books include *Popular Fiction: The Logics and Practices of a Literary Field* (Routledge, 2004), *Subcultures: Cultural Histories and Social Practice* (Routledge, 2007), *New Vampire Cinema* (British Film Institute, 2012), and with Rachael Weaver, *The Colonial Journals, and the Emergence of Australian Literary Culture* (UWA Press, 2014). His most recent Australian book with Rachael Weaver is *Colonial Australian Fiction: Character Types, Social Formations and the Colonial Economy* (Sydney University Press, 2017). Ken's current ARC Discovery Project is s *EcoColonial Australian Literature: Environment, Species, Climate* (2017 2020) He is also editor of *New Directions in Popular Fiction: Genre, Distribution, Reproduction* (Palgrave Macmillan).
Professor Denise Varney, Dean, Faculty of Arts
Professor Denise Varney
Dean, Faculty of Arts
University of Melbourne
Denise Varney is Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Professor of Theatre Studies and codirector of the Australian Centre in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. She has served as coconvenor of the Feminist Research Working Group of the International Federation for Theatre Research (2010–2015) and Senior Reviews Editor for *Theatre Research International* and is the Australian Drama Series Editor for Rodopi/Brill Scholarly Press, Amsterdam. She publishes on Brechtian and contemporary German theatre, feminist criticism and performance, women’s theatre, modern Australian Theatre and contemporary drama and performance and supervises research students in these fields. She is the author with Rachel Fensham of *The Dolls’ Revolution: Australian Theatre and Cultural Imagination* (2005), the contributing editor of *Theatre in the Berlin Republic* (2008), the author of *Radical Visions: The Impact of the Sixties on Australia Drama* (2011) and coauthor of *Theatre in the Asia Pacific* (2013). She is currently working on an ARC funded research project on the theatre of Patrick White 19622015.