28 December 2003

Turner Hospital Receives Patrick White Award

Janette Turner Hospital was recently awarded the 2003 Patrick White Award (which recognises a writer 'who has been highly creative over a long period, but has not received adequate recognition for their work'.) From the austlit web site: "Prior to this award, Hospital's only major Australian prize was this year's Queensland Premier's Literary Award for Best Fiction for Due Preparations for the Plague." (She has been shortlisted three times for the Miles Franklin Literary Award, but has never won; she lives predominantly in North America but visits Queensland fairly regularly and has been a writer-in-residence at Australian universities. After a publishing hiatus of 7 years, Hospital recently published a selection of short stories, North of Nowhere, South of Loss and the novel, Due Preparations for the Plague.).

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